Snowboarder Zoe Gillings targets Swiss World Cup podiums

Zoe Gillings (r)
Gillings (r) finished on the podium in Switzerland in 2011 after knocking out World Number One Lindsey Jacobellis in the semi-final

British snowboarding number one Zoe Gillings is targeting the World Cup podium in back-to-back rounds in Veysonnaz, Switzerland this week.

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 said: "Physically I feel really good and I am really confident going into these two rounds."

In 2011, Gillings finished on the podium in the World Cup in Switzerland.

She continued: "Last year in Arosa, I finished third which was great but I haven't competed in Veysonnaz since before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

"I remember it being very fast with some really tight turns at the bottom but I will know for sure tomorrow."

Zoe Gillings
Gillings jumps around 30ft in the air from kicker jumps

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.

"It is interesting having six competitors in each race and I will be targeting the finals in both rounds for sure," she added.

The Manx snowboarder will start qualification on Wednesday with the finals scheduled for Thursday.

The second round of the World Cup was scheduled to take place in Bad Gastein, Austria, but was moved due to a lack of snow.

The third round will be held at the same resort with the finals on Sunday.

Following the two World Cup rounds Gillings will travel to Aspen, Colorado to compete in the boarder-cross event at the X-Games.

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