Baumgartner finds the podium at Blue Mountain
BLUE MOUNTAIN, ONT. – Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner rode to third in an FIS World Cup snowboardcross in Blue Mountain.
Baumgartner fought hard to hold his line and attempt to pass Canadian Chrisopher Robanske, who took men’s honors.
“I was riding really well and thought I was going to win,” Baumgartner told ussa.org. “But Robanske was sticking to me. I was blocking the inside line and couldn’t hold onto it. I got a little sideways and tried so hard to pass him, I had the opportunity to pass and just couldn’t pass him. I let the guy in third pass me and I knew it right away.”
It was the crux in the fourth turn that ultimately cost Baumgartner the win when he got sideways and could not take the opportunity to pass Robanske.
“It was a tough race,” Baumgartner said. “It’s not what I wanted, but I was not letting anyone touch my line and I made that mistake.
“Robanske was riding really well, he was everywhere that I wanted to be and he knew how to block me. I have to give him props and hopefully next time it will be me.”
Baumgartner qualified second, winning his opening round of 32 heat. He was second in quarterfinals and won semis.
“Nick was great,” said Peter Foley, head snowboardcross coach. “He was leading the race for half of the time and going into the crux of the fourth turn at the pitch he buckled a bit and slid that turn and Robanske passed him there.
“Baum is riding really well and incredibly strong and each race he gets close to the top spot, it’s just a matter of time.”
Robanske secured his career’s first title after two podium finishes in Telluride, Colo. (2nd, 2011; 3rd, 2012) ahead of reigning world champion Alex Pullin, who had the upper hand in a photo finish for second over Baumgartner.