First World Cup win and Olympic ticket for Glenn de Blois!
Brunotti teamrider Glenn de Blois takes the win, for the first time in his career, at the FIS snowboard World Cup in Valmalenco. The 25-year-old snowboard crosser is the second Dutch athlete ever to win a FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup, and this historic achievement directly qualifies him for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing!
One week after this huge milestone, we spoke with Glenn and asked him all about his first World Cup win, and of course the 2022 Olympic Games.
You achieved your first podium place at the World Cup, and it is immediately a win. How does it feel to win your first FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup?
''Well of course I am super happy with the outcome, but I am also overwhelmed with everything going on at the moment. Coming 1st in a World Cup race has always been a goal for me ever since I started snowboarding and now that I have achieved this victory I will definitely train towards future goals.''
During pre-season, you followed an intensive training program with the Swiss team. Did you feel prepared and ready for the World Cup?
''Yes, training during pre-season definitely helped prepare me for the race. The team helped me to fix small problems, and I think by this and having an excellent gym program gave me the skills to progress.''
Three years ago, you just missed out in qualifying for the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. This season, you already secured your 2022 Olympic ticket in the first race of the season. How does that feel?
''It was really sad that I missed out on the last Olympics, but deep down I knew I was nearly there. I knew that if I continued to work really hard for the next 3 years I’d make it. But then to get that Olympic spot at the first race you can qualify is absolutely mind blowing! It’s taken an immense amount of pressure off myself and now I can really focus on my riding and training.''
After two races, you still lead the current World Cup rankings. In a few weeks, we’ve got the FIS Snowboard Cross World Championships in Sweden coming up. What can we expect from snowboard crosser Glenn de Blois?
''I'm very excited to go to Sweden, I’m sure as many would agree there’s a lot to be expected from everybody, there are many really good riders I am competing against, but I’m just going to try my hardest to achieve a good result and have some fun too!''
Thanks Glenn, we wish you all the best for the upcoming season and we will definitely follow your Olympic journey!