Holland out of snowboard cross finals

The Sports NetworkFebruary 17, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - American Nate Holland didn't make it out of the first round of the men's snowboard cross competition on Tuesday.

Holland, who won his seventh Winter X Games gold medal in the event last month, was running second in his 1/8 final to teammate Trevor Jacob but lost momentum at the end of a jump near the bottom of the course and finished fourth in the heat.

Only the top three riders in each heat moved on to the quarterfinals.

Jacob and U.S. teammate Alex Deibold moved on. Another American, Nick Baumgartner, was eliminated.

Holland had medal hopes after finishing fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

American Seth Wescott, who won the first two Olympic men's snowboard cross gold medals, isn't competing, so there will be a first-time winner this year.

The competition was postponed on Monday because of fog. The seeding round was canceled, so riders were ranked according to FIS points.

Canadians Kevin Hill and Christopher Robanske moved on.

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