Lee Sang-ho wins fourth medal of season at Scuol World Cup
Alpine snowboarder Lee Sang-ho finished in third place in the parallel giant slalom at the International Ski Federation World Cup in Scuol, Switzerland on Saturday, continuing his strong form ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics with his fourth medal of the season.
Lee took home bronze after finishing in third place with a time of 1.14 on Saturday, behind Dmitrii Loginov of Russia in first and Stefan Baumeister of Germany in second. He earlier finished second in the qualification round.
Saturday's bronze was Lee's fourth medal of the 2022 season. He started the season with a bang on Dec. 11, winning gold in the parallel giant slalom at the first World Cup event in Bannoye, Russia, taking silver a day later in the parallel slalom. Lee followed that up a week later with a silver medal in the parallel giant slalom at the Cortino d'Ampezzo World Cup in Italy.
Lee heads to the 2022 Beijing Games hoping to repeat his success at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, when he became the first Asian ever to medal in alpine snowboarding with a silver in the parallel giant slalom.
Lee followed up that success with a single World Cup medal each in 2019 and 2020, before bursting back on the scene this year with a medal at every World Cup tournament to date.
As of press time, Korea is currently expecting to send five snowboarders to the 2022 Games: Two in the men's parallel giant slalom, two in the women's halfpipe and one in the women's parallel giant slalom.
BY JIM BULLEY [firstname.lastname@example.org]