GB’s Charlotte Bankes Wins Gold in Snowboard Cross
5th March 2021
Last modified on March 8th, 2021
Her win in the World Cup event in Bakuriani in Georgia comes after she was crowned World Champion last month. Bankes remains a strong contender for an Olympic medal next year. Check out the video of her thrilling run as she comes from behind to win on the line. UPDATED
Bankes was up against Chloe Trespeuch from France, Michela Moioli from Italy and the American, Faye Gulini.
In a highly tactical race Bankes came from behind to win.
“It was a very fun race. Yesterday it was tight in the semi-finals, so that proved that I had the vibe in me to make it,” said Bankes after her victory.
“After the World Champs, in Reiteralm, I really wasn’t riding well, so afterwards I had to work on my ride.
“It was quite the tactical race, so I am really happy with the choices I made. Today was just great, I had fast boards and made the right choices.”
Last month she became world champion.
Charlotte Bankes used to compete for France but then switched to the British Team in 2018.
Under the French flag she was a three-time World Cup winner and three-time French champion.
She’s competed at two Winter Olympics for France.
Charlotte Bankes was born in Hemel Hempstead to British parents but moved to France at the age of four and then went through the French system.
She switched to competing for Great Britain in November 2018 as we reported at the time:
Bankes remains a strong contender for a medal at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
See here for the other Team GB medal prospects: