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Australia’s snowboard cross racer Jarryd Hughes wins Winter Olympics silver medal

AAP, February 15, 2018 7:58PM AP

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Jarryd Hughes' effort was more incredible knowing he had knee surgery five times before these Games. Picture: AAP media_cameraJarryd Hughes' effort was more incredible knowing he had knee surgery five times before these Games. Picture: AAP

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Snowboard cross racer Jarryd Hughes has won a Winter Olympics silver medal.

Hughes, who has had knee surgery five times before these Games, yesterday secured Australia’s third medal in PyeongChang in South Korea.

French world No.1 Pierre Vaultier claimed gold and Spaniard Regino Hernandez took home the bronze, with Australian Alex “Chumpy” Pullin crashing out in the final to place sixth.

Jarryd Hughes' effort was more incredible knowing he had knee surgery five times before these Games. Picture: AAP media_cameraJarryd Hughes’ effort was more incredible knowing he had knee surgery five times before these Games. Picture: AAP

“Oh mate, it’s happy days. Happy, happy days,” Hughes told the Seven Network. “I think it hit me when I was there giving my mum and dad a hug. A few tears. “I’m just happy to see all the hard work paying off and working out. It was a rough year but we made it work so I’m really happy.

“(I) never doubted it. It’s always hard work coming back and five was rough and my knee’s not perfect and never will be unfortunately.

“But I’m just so happy to be here and walk away with that result.”

Two-time world champion Pullin improved on his quarter-final exit four years ago but failed to finish as he took a fall while getting air*.

“I couldn’t land that one. She was dead flat but all in all I had a really fun day racing,” he told Channel 7.

“It was pretty unpredictable* and a fair bit going on in there, so just got to take away the positives.

“That’s the flattest landing I’ve ever had and I was really trying to stomp it* which is not a good idea but that’s it.”

From left to right: Jarryd Hughes of Australia, Pierre Vaultier of France and Regino Hernandez of Spain celebrate on the podium after winning the silver, gold and bronze medals in Men's Snowboard Cross. Picture: AAP media_cameraFrom left to right: Jarryd Hughes of Australia, Pierre Vaultier of France and Regino Hernandez of Spain celebrate on the podium after winning the silver, gold and bronze medals in Men’s Snowboard Cross. Picture: AAP

GLOSSARY

getting air: a jump or leap where the snowboard lifts off the ground

unpredictable: not able to be predicted

stomp it: term used to describe a good landing made by a rider

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