Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Gulini seventh at Winter X
ASPEN – For a 17-year-old, Gypsum’s Faye Gulini showed herself to a be a resilient young lady at Saturday’s women’s snowboardcross race at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
The Ski and Snowboard Club Vail rider was in position to make the finals Saturday, yet crashed in her semifinal heat, only to bounce back and finish seventh by winning the consolation run.
Her Olympic teammate Lindsey Jacobellis won the event.
“In the first run, I was second or third, and I tried to pass. I don’t know why,” Gulini said. “I should of just stayed where I was.”
That’s because the top three of each of the two semifinal runs make the finals. Instead, she fell and was relegated to the race for seventh place. Her recovery routine was pretty simple.
“I just basically watched the other races before my race and got amped all over again,” Gulini said.
In her second race of the say, Gulini got out in front of the pack and rode to a win and seventh place at the X Games. She finished in 1 minute, 44.70 seconds, 1.5 ticks ahead of her nearest competition.
Maybe one reason she bounced back so quickly was her racing philosophy.
“I guess I could have done better, but I gave it my all,” she said. “I’d rather give it my all and fall than be slow, in the back of the pack and not make it that way.”
Gulini said there’s a mixed attitude at this year’s X Games as to whether competitors use this competition as a tune-up for the Olympics or lay back to avoid injury.
“I was just racing for fun,” Gulini said. “It’s more practice, but it was just fun.”
Gulini heads to Lake Tahoe, Calif., for some training next week and then goes to Salt Lake City for some time with her family before heading to Canada for the Olympics.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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