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Snowboard alterations pay dividends for Berg in World Cup

Snowboard alterations pay dividends for Berg in World Cup
By Sportsbeat

13/12/2017 at 18:13Updated 13/12/2017 at 18:20

Paul Berg was as surprised as anyone to see his name up in lights after reigning supreme in the second snowboard cross World Cup of the season.

The German has enjoyed a new training regime in recent weeks, with little expectation at what was to come his way on the hills of Val Thorens.

But he certainly wasn't to be disappointed, securing the second World Cup victory of his career in confident fashion – hopeful more can follow.

"That's awesome, but how do you say so beautiful: Things you don't expect often come," said Berg.

"We did not really know where we were after the change of coach, it's awesome, that's a good thing for us as a team to have such a positive result, that's the reward for the hard work, it can go on."

Meanwhile second place went to Australia's Adam Lambert – taking his spot on the podium despite this being just his seventh World Cup race.

Posting the fastest effort on qualifying, Lambert certainly didn't disappoint after out-riding teammate and two-time world champion Alex Pullin to take his place in the final.

That's where he was to be beaten by Berg, while bronze went to Lucas Eguibar of Spain, in an entertaining race.

Five-time world champion Lindsey Jacobellis romped to victory in the women's race, taking gold ahead of French snowboarder Chloe Trespeuch and Michaela Moioli of Italy.

Nearly 12 years have passed since she threw away gold in the competition's debut at the Games in Turin, with the Olympic title still missing from her cabinet.

Many see PyeongChang as her last chance of securing that feat, looking to add to her five world titles, with this gold-medal display in Val Thorens far from the worst continuation of her bid.

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