Dali Gao ’22 to Make First SBX World Cup Start for China
Tenth grader Dali Gao ’22 is currently the second-highest ranked Chinese male snowboard cross (SBX) athlete in the world. He will compete at the first SBX World Cup of the season in Montafon, Austria, in December and will be one of the first two male Chinese athletes to compete in a World Cup SBX race.
In just over a season he has gone from rookie to World Cup racer, and I’m pumped to see him work towards his goals.”
KC GANDEE, SNOWBOARD PROGRAM DIRECTOR
“Dali comes from a predominantly freeride and GS/SL racing background,” says Snowboard Program Director KC Gandee, “but has picked up SBX very quickly. He works diligently and applies feedback quickly to gain new skills. In just over a season he has gone from rookie to World Cup racer, and I’m pumped to see him work towards his goals.”
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Dali raced in the South American Cup series in August and September, in two events with three total starts. In his first SAC race at Pucón, Chile, Dali finished fourth. He then placed fifth and 10th in his two starts at Corralco. Two more races were canceled due to weather. Based on his best two finishes, his fourth and fifth qualified him for SBX World Cup, Gandee explains.
“I’m really excited to represent my country in the upcoming World Cup race,” says Dali, whose ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2022 Bejing Winter Olympics. “I hope that by racing on the world stage I can help bring snowboard cross to a larger audience in China.”