Sam was pleased that she was not afraid of overtaking in the final


Updates: 28.11.2021 10:49

Secret Garden (China) – Snowboarder Eva Samková has decided to beat her victory in the opening race of the World Cup season. The Chinese Secret Garden was held on the future Olympic slope, but according to the Czech star, the track with jumps, bumps and turns will look different at the February Games in Beijing.

“Great, great. I’m excited,” Samkova rejoiced in the Chinese media record after her 18th series laurel. “Great and we are looking forward to going home,” she added.

Sam’s race dominated. She won Friday’s qualification and today she certainly won the quarterfinals and semifinals. “But I knew from the first race that they were (opponents) very close to me. I didn’t start the first race, I did the best in the semifinals,” she said.

She solved only two snags in the final. The first of them after the start when crossing the introductory series of humps. “I caught a light raft between the second and third, I was long, I mean down from the other, and I landed on the leading edge. Fortunately, I managed to level it,” Samkova described.

She was in the lead, but after one of the jumps, the reigning world champion Charlotte Bankes came in front of her. The Czech Republic did not wait for anything and then the British took a right-hand turn; she had only a minimum of space between her opponent and the goal. “I tried to get it there, it was the only way. And I’m glad I didn’t make it,” Samkova, eight, breathed.

Before the semifinals, the 2014 Olympic winner from Sochi already felt quite tired from the long track. “But then I said, you’ll get up again for one ride,” she said, praising the well-prepared board. “Everything worked great, I think we did great,” she added.

The World Cup race was also the first test in the Secret Garden, where there will be snowboard cross-country races at the Beijing Olympics. “We have info that the Olympic track will be completely different, which is probably a good thing, because now everyone is looking at it and it would not be an advantage. We will see what he invents here, but it is good that it will be different,” said Samková.


Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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