Yesterday, Australian snowboarder Joany Badenhorst won a bronze medal in the women’s SB-LL2 podium at the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Landgraaf, The Netherlands. Badenhorst lost out on silver by a little over a second to the United States’s Heidi-Jo Duce. Badenhorst’s time was 1:28.70 to Duce’s 1:27.13. Dutch Paralympic gold medalist Bibian Mentel-Spee finished first with a time of 1:14.41.
Originally from South Africa, the Griffith, New South Wales local comes into the season following last year’s disappointment at the Paralympic Games, where she was forced to withdraw at the last-minute after injuring her left knee in a training run earlier in the day.
This was the first time the banked slalom race appeared on the program at the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup, with snowboarding itself only appearing on the Paralympic program at the 2014 Games. The sport has two classifications: LL1 is for competitors with significant impairment in one leg or a significant combined impairment in both legs, while LL2 is for boarders with an impairment in one or two legs or have less activity limitation.