Baumgartner leads U.S.

STONEHAM, Quebec City – Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner led the U.S. with a seventh-place finish in snowboardcross at the 10th FIS Snowboard World Championships.

Baumgartner got tangled up in the semis but came back to win the small final to take seventh.

Baumgartner won his opening heat and was second in quarterfinals.

“Everyone rode really well and Nick got a bit caught up in some bad luck with a tangle,” U.S. head snowboardcross coach Peter Foley said. “It would have been great for him to be able to push through, but it wasn’t his day.”

Alex Pullin (Australia) became the first male snowboard cross rider to successfully defend his World Championships title.

The SBX team heads to Blue Mountain, Ontario, this weekend with the Olympic test event in mid-February in Sochi. The team will be back to the U.S. in early March for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.