Charlotte Bankes: Snowboarder claims first win after switch to GB

Charlotte Bankes
Bankes has competed for France at the past two Winter Olympics

Charlotte Bankes won her first event since switching allegiance from France to Great Britain, claiming victory in the Europa Cup snowboard cross.

The 23-year-old finished ahead of Switzerland's Lara Casanova and Canada's Meryeta Odine in Austria.

Bankes had represented France since she was 15.

"It was a pretty tense day; I put quite a bit of pressure on myself but with all the support I had from the team I managed to pull through it," she said.

"It was a long day, some tight racing with a lot of passing but I managed to improve on each run.

"It's a good way to start the season - even though it's just a Europa Cup, to get that result with such a great team I'm really forward to kicking off the World Cup season in the GB colours."

Bankes finished fifth in the second Europa Cup event in Pitztal on Thursday.

Born in Hemel Hempstead, she moved to France at the age of four, and has competed at two Winter Olympics.

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