Australia’s march towards next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea has been boosted by Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s double gold medal haul* at two Snowboard Cross World Cups in Argentina.
The two-time World Champion from Mansfield in Victoria was dominant* in both Snowboard Cross World Cups held in the Cerro Catedral ski resort in South America at the weekend.
Snowboard cross, or border cross, is a type of snowboard competition in which a group of riders race down a course as fast as they can. Boarders commonly collide* or dramatically wipe out.
Pullin, 29, the second fastest qualifier*, lived up to expectations in the first World Cup charging out of the gate to dominate the race by a wide lead from start to finish over Italy’s Emanuel Perathoner and Jonathan Cheever from the US.
“I’m stoked to take the win at the first World Cup of the tour,” Chumpy said after the first win.
“The course was great. I’m just very excited that I put down a win.”
He backed it up the following day in the same discipline, leading the four-man final from start to finish for his ninth career World Cup gold.
“I felt fast in training so I knew I should be pretty good today with the racing again,” he said.
“The first few heats got underway* and they were pretty good and then, yeah, I was just able to do it again and lead the heat from the start, find some daylight and go.
“Feels amazing, unreal. I couldn’t be happier.”
Australia was heavily represented in Argentina, having qualified all its men into for the first World Cup with only Pullin making it into the finals.
In the second World Cup Jindabyne’s Adam Lambert, 19, and Sydney’s Jarryd Hughes, 21, both made it the semi final, finishing 5th and 8th respectively.
Pullin and the majority* of Australia’s SBX team will now head back to Australia for more training.
The next Snowboard Cross World Cup will be held in mid-December in France.
Chumpy represented Australia at the Russian Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014.
He won his opening heat but did not progress to the semi-finals after crossing the line in fourth place in his quarter-final.
The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics start on February 9 next year.
- haul: collection
- dominant: making the biggest impact
- collide: crash
- qualifier: person to meet the requirements of competing
- got underway: started
- majority: most of a group
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1. Change Chumpy’s words
Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin has a very casual manner when speaking about his experiences snowboarding.
Highlight all of the parts of the article where Chumpy is speaking and then rewrite his quotes using more formal language. The meaning must remain the same.
Imagine that Chumpy hadn’t done as well as he did in his World Cup finals and wiped out. Write down what you think he might have, using casual language.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity.
Curriculum links: English, VCOP, Big Write
2. Fill in the blanks
Rewrite the text below, inserting your own words into the spaces so that it becomes a summary of the article.
Each space can contain as few or as many words as you like, as long as it makes sense.
- Over the weekend, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin _____________________.
- Snowboard cross _____________________.
- Pullin felt _____________________.
- Also representing Australia _____________________.
- The performance was _____________________.
Draw a comic strip showing what you think a snowboard cross race would look like.
Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity.
Curriculum links: English, Visual Art