Canada's Chris Robanske scores snowboard cross silver
28-year-old reaches World Cup podium in Bansko, Bulgaria
Calgary's Chris Robanske raced to a silver medal in snowboard cross at the World Cup event in Bansko, Bulgaria on Saturday.
Pierre Vaultier of France claimed the top spot on the podium, while Switzerland's Alessandro Haemmerle finished third.
Baptiste Brochu of Saguenay, Que., also reached the big final and placed fourth.
This was Robanske's first World Cup medal this season and the eighth individual medal of his career.
It has been nearly two years since Robanske's last World Cup medal, but the 28-year-old had a feeling that he was due for a good result.
"It's been a tough couple years for me, but I've been feeling good on the board, feeling good with my equipment and confident in my riding," he said. "So I knew anytime soon there would be some good results coming in and what a better place than Bansko [to win a medal]."
Robanske and Brochu, 23, will both compete for Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
On the women's side, Zoe Bergermann of Erin, Ont., finished in 5th, while Meryeta O'Dine of Prince George, B.C., and Tess Critchlow of Kelowna finished 10th and 11th respectively.