Ben Tudhope, Amanda Reid crowned para snowboard champions

Australian snowboarder Ben Tudhope has finally secured a world title, taking gold in Spain.

Australian snowboarder Ben Tudhope has finally secured a world title, taking gold in Spain. Photo: AAP/Snow Australia

Ben Tudhope’s dominant Para Snowboard Cross season has ended in the best possible way with the triple Paralympian now world champion.

Having won silver in the snowboard cross at the previous two world titles, Tudhope, 23, cracked top spot on the podium in La Molina, Spain.

And Paralympic swimmer and cyclist Amanda Reid also made a stunning transition to winter sports, winning her own snowboard cross world crown.

Tudhope had already wrapped up the crystal globe as overall world cup champion, with five wins and a third-place finish from six snowboard cross races this season.

He was excited to have finally added the title of world champion to his haul, beating home Italy’s Emanuel Perathoner and American Zach Miller.

“I cannot believe this. This is absolutely insane,” Tudhope said.

“I was sitting in second behind Perathoner and then he had a little bobble and went down, but to be honest, these conditions here are exactly like home.”

Tudhope went on to dedicate the win to a former teammate and coach, inspired by a vision over the mountain before his final.

“Nine years go my teammate died here, Matty Robinson,” Tudhope said.

“I saw two birds flying over today – one’s for him and one’s for my late coach Mikko Wendelin. He passed away in 2019 and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Reid took top spot in Steven Bradbury-style, taking advantage of the frontrunners going down in the late stages of the race to take the gold ahead of Brenna Huckaby Clegg (USA) and Cecile Hernandez (France).

A seven-time world champion on the track, the Tokyo Paralympic gold medallist went to La Molina for the experience and was surprised by the result.

“I came in just to have fun and enjoy my first world championships” said Reid.

“I didn’t expect to walk away with that result at all, so I’m pretty excited.”


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