SLC’s Faye Gulini leads qualifiers in Grand Prix snowboardcross
Published: February 10, 2012 06:39PM
Updated: February 10, 2012 06:39PM

Olympian Faye Gulini of Salt Lake City led the women’s qualifiers Friday for the snowboardcross finals at the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix at the Canyons Resort, less than a year after tearing ligaments in her knee.

Fellow Olympian Graham Watanabe of Park City was third among the men, while two-time Olympian and six-time Winter X Games champion Nate Holland qualified ninth.

The top 32 men and top 16 women qualified for the finals on Sunday.

Gulini edged Bulgaria’s Alexandra Jekova and Canada’s Dominique Maltais, finishing her qualifying run in 1 minute, 18.21 seconds. Australia’s Alex Pullin led the men in 1:10.88, ahead of Markus Schairer and Watanabe.

Schedule

Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix

At Canyons Resort

Saturday

10 a.m. • Skicross finals

Sunday

10 a.m. • Snoboardcross finals