Jamie Nicholls becomes first British male to win snowboard World Cup
Jamie Nicholls has made history by becoming the first British male to win a snowboard World Cup in Czech Republic and he was joined on the podium by fellow Brit Billy Morgan.
Nicholls notched 87.14 on his second-run to see off the USA’s 2016 slopestyle World Cup title winner Chris Corning by 0.01 in his first full World Cup season at the Audi Snowjam in Spindleruv Mlyn.
Morgan completed the podium places in the final World Cup event of the season after recording 84.91.
But it was the ecstatic Nicholls who stole the show and sealed fifth in the overall slopestyle World Cup standings in the process.
“I liked the course set-up as I'm more the rail rider, so it did fit me a lot. Also the atmosphere here was nice, the crowd was super loud which I also liked a lot,” Nicholls said.
“It’s my first World Cup win, so I'm really happy.”
And Katie Ormerod added to the British success with a second-place in the women’s snowboard slopestyle.
Ormerod finished on 73.55 as she was beaten by Silvia Mittermueller, whose total of 78.54 clinched her maiden World Cup title.
Mittermueller, 32, was the oldest rider in the field, and said her win proved a point for the tour’s older riders.
She said: “I hope we can get to an end with the age discussion sometime. There are so many good old riders out there.”
American Karly Shorr was unable to overhaul 2014 Olympic champion Jamie Anderson at the top of the overall World Cup standings after finishing fifth.