Eliot Grondin wins World Cup men’s snowboard cross gold in Switzerland

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Canadian Olympic silver medalist Eliot Grondin of Sainte-Marie, Quebec won the gold medal in a men’s snowboard cross event in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Friday. For Grondin, it was his 12th career World Cup medal, and fifth career World Cup gold medal. He won the silver medal in the men’s snowboard cross at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

In St. Moritz on Friday, Kalle Koblet of Switzerland won the silver medal, and Omar Visintin of Italy won the bronze medal. Grondin went undefeated throughout the entire event. He was first in the first eight finals heat, won the first quarterfinals heat, and won the first semifinals heat.

Grondin’s first World Cup snowboard cross gold medal came on March 4, 2021 in Bakuriani, Georgia. That was followed by World Cup men’s snowboard cross gold medals in Veysonnaz, Switzerland on March 20, 2022, in Mount St. Anne, Quebec on March 25, 2023, and in Les Deux Alpes, France on December 3, 2023.

In the World Cup men’s snowboard cross standings, Grondin leads with 260 points. Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria is in second place with 192 points. The World Cup men’s snowboard cross gold medal for Grondin will give him confidence as he prepares for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo.

 

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