Commerce student repeats silver medal standing at World Cup

Posted on February 18, 2009

Twenty-year old Queen’s Commerce student Jeff Batchelor once again took home the silver medal at this year’s World Snowboard Championships which was held in Hoengseong, South Korea in January. This medal will be added to the hardware that he earned at last year’s World Cup snowboarding competition at Gujo-Gifu, Japan and at the Nokia World Cup event in Calgary.

Batchelor, who had been injured all week, didn’t feel like a contender to win the event, but was simply hoping to finish in the top 16 in order to secure his government funding.  His routine, as described by the Canadian Snowboard Federation, featured a “front nine, a back nine, a front five followed by frontside and backside air, ending with a back ten to impress the judges and large crowd.”

The Canadian snowboard team is now entering the height of a demanding World Cup season, where riders in three disciplines – snowboardcross, half-pipe and alpine – are battling for spots on the Olympic team.