With the IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup currently underway in Aspen, Colorado, Brenna Marie Huckaby, Cécile Hernandez-Cervellon and Nicole Roundy all claimed the podium in the women’s snowboard cross SB-LL1 event. France’s Hernandez-Cervellon took home first, while Americans Huckaby finished second and Roundy third.
Coming into the competition, Roundy and Hernandez-Cervellon were event favorites to win. Hernandez-Cervellon won a silver in snowboarding at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
In early January, Roundy was quoted by the International Paralympic Committee as saying of the event, “Every competition is different, every course is different and everyone has an advantage at one point or another. […] I like North American events because I can avoid factors such as jetlag and major diet changes. It also helps when an event is held in a venue I’m familiar with, like Aspen. Every factor, no matter how minor, can affect your result. The less you have to deal with, the more energy and focus you can put into your performance.”
Outside of snowboarding, Roundy works for the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. Cécile Hernandez-Cervellon is currently a full time professional snowboarder, though in the past she worked Fédération Française Handisport. Huckaby is a bit new to the team American team. The eighteen year old was not named to the ten member strong United States team in August of last year. At fourteen, she lost her leg to cancer, and is aspiring to make the team for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.