Seth Wescott wins second Olympic Gold
Despite rains washing away a large spectator viewing area at Cypress Mountain and the subsequent $400,000 in ticket refunds for Monday's and Tuesday's Snowboard Cross finals, the Men's competition forged on Monday.
VANOC executive vice president Dave Cobb cited safety reasons for the closure, with persistent rain having formed potholes near the bottom of the course.
After experiencing the warmest January on record, the weather at Cypress has not improved much this month. Monday saw a high temperature of 51 degrees Fahrenheit on the hill, and rain and warm temps are expected to continue through the evening and into tomorrow's Women's Snowboard Cross final.
Descending 700 vertical feet, the Cross course on Cypress Mountain has approximately the same top-to-bottom vertical as the 2010 Winter X Games course.
Leading this morning's qualifications were Australia's Alex Pullin, the U.S.'s Graham Watanabe and Canada's Mike Robertson, with just over one second separating the first and third spots. Medal favorite Nate Holland qualified eighth and 2006 Olympic Gold medalist Seth Wescott 17th.
In the finals, Wescott held the lead through the 1/8-finals and quarter-finals, just ahead of Holland. Holland then edged Wescott for the semi's win before spinning out in the Final, allowing Wescott, Robertson and Tony Ramoin to battle for the podium. Wescott gained considerable ground on Robertson in the Final and stayed in front long enough to win his second consecutive Olympic Gold Medal.