Sandbech and Røisland fall from medal chances
There were no medals in downhill for Ståle Sandbech (28) or Mons Røisland (25), who finished 7th and 11th.
“It’s sour, especially when I noticed I was really close on the last run there,” Røisland told NRK.
– I was disappointed, but it went well. “I’m glad I tried and got on the podium, but couldn’t stand alone,” Sandbech told NRK.
Sandbech and Røisland got off to a rocky start under the cold conditions in Zhangjiakou. Røisland had no faults before the first jump, but just as this had to be passed, Bærum’s rider fell.
Sandbech had a poor landing after the surfboard, and the rest of the first lap was insignificant. The 28-year-old received a modest 29.05 points from the judges.
There were also two disgruntled Norwegians at the finish line after the second round. 63.33 points nowhere near the precious metal, while Sandbech fell. The 28-year-old did the same in the third round, and neither of the two Norwegian snowboarders managed to improve. Thus, there are no Norwegian Olympic medals.
– It’s a day marked by many ups and downs, says NRK surfboard commentator Stian Sivertzen.
Canadian Max Parrot took slopestyle gold, while Yiming Su and Mark McMorris took silver and bronze.
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