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Brockhoff scores silver in Feldberg

12 February 2017

SNOWBOARD CROSS: Coming off her second season’s gold last week in Bulgaria, world leader Belle Brockhoff has kept the momentum going by winning silver under sunny skies at the Feldberg Snowboard Cross World Cup in Germany last night.

Her third podium in four races keeps Brockhoff on top of the overall world leader board and her sights squarely set on the coveted Crystal Globe trophy by season’s end.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Belle told OWIA immediately after the medal race.

“I do my best every day and it’s working out for me.”

After winning her Feldberg qualifications round and then leading from start to finish in the semi-final, Brockhoff said she “missed the start a little bit” in the big final.

“I lost time at the top and was catching up before I got tangled up on turn four. Ten more inches at the end would have been enough.

“It’s a really good course here. They’ve done a good job with the course and I’d like to thank say thank you to the organisers for that.”

The race was won by Michela Moioli from Italy, but Brockhoff has been able to keep the momentum since her win at the World Cup opener in Montafon, Austria extending her World Cup lead (3,200) over Olympic champion Eva Samkova (CZE; 2,650).

“I wouldn't expect to be that consistent going into the season although I always try to ride my best every single time.

"The girls are really good, and it's definitely going up each year. It's good, it's pushing our sport, but I haven't been as consistent as I have been so far. So, I'm really happy,” Brockoff said in a post-race interview.

Jarryd Hughes was the best performer of the Australian men making it through to the semi-finals, where he unfortunately slipped and went down mid-course, placing fourth, ending up eighth overall.

“8th place today in Feldberg. Not what I wanted but I'll take it,” Hughes said on Twitter.

Alex Pullin placed 21st, Cam Bolton 28th and Matt Thomas 32nd.

In a double weekend of World Cups, the snowboard cross team will be back in action tonight (AEDT) at 10pm for another tilt at the podium. The event will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

Belinda Noonan

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