Zoe Gillings finished fifth in the Snowboard World Cup first round

By adamrowden, 10 Dec '12 at 14:10

Britain’s top snowboarder Zoe Gillings finished fifth in the opening World Cup event of the season, which took place in Austria on the 7th and 8th Dec 2012.

The 27-year-old Isle of Man snowboarder made a slight error in the semi-final which cost her a place in the top four, but this is still a solid start to the season.

Gillings managed to gather her thoughts to win the fifth to eighth ‘semi final’ in which she beat the world number four Alexandra Jekova.

The opening event was won by Canadian rider Dominique Maltais.

Afterwards, Gilllings spoke to the BBC saying: "I made a silly mistake in the semi-final which meant I could only race for positions five to eight.

"I am really disappointed with that but overall qualifying in fourth and finishing fifth in the first World Cup gives me a lot of confidence at the start of the season.”

It seems that she is hugely benefiting from her newly reinstated funding from UK sport.

Gillings added: "I would like to say a huge thank you to my federation - British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) and UK Sport without whom I simply wouldn't be in this position.

"I know first hand the amount of hard work which everyone at the BSS has put in, from the office to the CEO. It's not easy but I really appreciate every bit of it, thank you."

The second round of the World Cup season will be held in Telluride, Colorado on Friday.

Image courtesy of Zoegillings.com.

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