Snowboard soulmates

China Daily | Updated: 2022-03-08 09:29
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Lisa Bunschoten and Chris Vos carry the Dutch flag as they enter the National Stadium during Friday's opening ceremony. [Photo/Agencies]

Romantically involved Dutch duo going for glory together

Partners on the slopes and in life, Dutch snowboarding power couple Lisa Bunschoten and Chris Vos are going for gold together at the Beijing Winter Paralympics.

Vos and Bunschoten were both silver medalists in the snowboard cross event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games-where Bunschoten also bagged a bronze in the banked slalom.

Hot contenders for podium finishes once more, the two were chosen to carry the Dutch flag at Friday's Winter Paralympics opening ceremony.

At Sunday's snowboard cross qualifying event, Bunschoten was ranked third heading into the finals and Vos was eighth on the leaderboard-after taking a tumble on his first run but registering a better time on his second.

But they failed to deliver in Monday's finals.

Bunschoten had a collision with Brenna Huckaby of the US and failed to finish the competition.

Vos had to settle for fourth place.

"The snow is still really hard. In the night it's really cold, and then it warms up but the snow doesn't warm up, so it's still really hard... one little thing and you're gone," Vos said.

But they are still looking for at least a podium finish in the banked slalom finals which will take place on Saturday.

Now 23, Vos rode into the history books as a teen when he became the first-ever athlete to compete in a para snowboarding event at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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