Snowboarder Zoe Gillings targets World Cup podium

Zoe Gillings
Gillings is currently ranked 10 in the world

British snowboarding number one Zoe Gillings says she is confident that she can achieve a podium finish at the next World Cup of the season in Austria.

The 26-year-old from the Isle of Man finished 10th in the opening round in the United States which was won by American Lindsey Jacobellis.

Gillings qualified ninth out of 30 competitors to progress to the finals.

The snowboarder then finished third in her heat before crashing out of her semi-final after catching an edge.

"I'm obviously disappointed that I didn't bring home a medal but I had a solid competition," she said.

"The training I have been doing over the summer has paid off and I know I just made a silly mistake in the semi-final race.

"I'm really looking forward to the next World Cup in Badgastein."

Gillings was invited by former coach Frank Germann to train with the Dutch national squad in Austria in preparation for the new season.

She will now target the next World Cup competition in Badgastein on 10 January.

The World Cup series includes rounds in the United States, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and two in Canada.

Gillings finished last season with a series of fine results, including a World Cup podium finish in Switzerland and seventh at the World Championships in Spain and, after her 10th place, has a world ranking of 10.

The format for the World Cup event has taken a dramatic change this year where 24 athletes now qualify for the heats instead of 16, and each heat now has six athletes racing in it instead of four.