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Vedder Fifth, Hamel Eighth in Gudauri

By Sadie Texer - Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team
February, 4 2024
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The Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Cross Team loaded back up in the start gate Sunday morning for their final round of racing at the Gudauri World Cup in Gudauri, Georgia. 

Coming off a 10th place finish in Saturday's round of racing, Olympian Jake Vedder was notably determined to get back to challenging the top spot, winning the men's small final and taking fifth overall. He was joined by teammate Tyler Hamel, who jumped from 31st place in yesterday's competition to eighth, securing his best World Cup finish to date. American Senna Leith also improved on his previous result, jumping from 26th place on Saturday to 11th place on Sunday. Canadian Eliot Grondin took his second win of the weekend, and an exciting photo finish awarded the second place spot to Australia's Cameron Bolton, who took a last-minute fall and slid through the finish line, barely edging out Italy's Omar Visintin, who rounded out the podium in third.

Stacy Gaskill was once again the top Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Cross team athlete on the women's side, taking seventh in Saturday's competition and eleventh in Sunday's round of racing.

After months of international travel, the Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Cross Team takes a well-deserved break before returning to competition March 2-3 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.