Mick Dierdorff back to podium in snowboard cross finale
Mick Dierdorff started what would be the best season of his career with what was then his best-ever result.
He soared to an entirely new level during that season, making the U.S. Olympic team, then pushing all the way to the gold medal final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Saturday, he finished that season with still one more huge step, a second-place finish in a World Cup that once again reset the mark for “best result of his career.”
Dierdorff, a Steamboat Springs Olympian, was second at an event in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, the last World Cup of the season.
He finished just behind American teammate Nate Holland, who picked up the 17th World Cup podium and the seventh win of his storied career.
A day later, Holland and Dierdorff teamed up to place fifth in a team event.
Holland was aiming this year for his fourth Olympic team but came up just short.
Dierdorff’s on the other end of the spectrum. He scored his first career podium, a third-place finish, in his second race of this season, back in September. He kept that momentum up through the season, never missing the top 10, and he capped it all with another podium, his second, this time in second place.
He entered the season with three World Cup top-10 finishes, and now, he leaves it with 10. Along the way, he pushed into the six-man Olympic finals heat, where he placed fifth.
All those big-time results landed Dierdorff in seventh in the season-long World Cup standings, yet another mark that was far and away the best of his career. His previous best was 17th in 2015. Last season, he was 35th.
One factor in finishing as low as seventh was the fact that he skipped four World Cup events around the Olympics, the two before and the first two after.
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