Winter Olympics: Dominant Czech Samkova wins snowboarding cross gold
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (REUTERS) - Czech Eva Samkova's searing pace helped her avoid the rough and tumble of the pack and dominate the snowboarding cross final on Sunday to win her country's first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
The 20-year-old, sporting a red, white and blue moustache drawn on her top lip, had the best time in the morning seedings runs and ran away with her quarter and semi-finals over the jumps and rollers of the Extreme Park course.
There was to be no change in the final and she had established a lead of some 10 metres by the time she was a third of the way down the hill.
Coming through a slight wobble at one turn around halfway, she held her nerve over the huge final hill to cross the line well clear of the field.