Gracey Hemstreet ended her junior career on a high on Saturday, winning the jr. Women’s downhill race on the brutally challenging Val di Sole course.
Hemstreet (Norco Factory Team) takes the final 2022 World Cup victory by a very solid 3.634 seconds over 2021 Junior Women’s World Champion Izabela Yankova (Gen-S) and current champion Jenna Hastings (Pivot Factory Racing) .
Val di sole is Hemstreet’s fifth victory in eight World Cup races this year. It adds to wins at Snowshoe, Lenzerheide, Fort William and the season opener at Lourdes, France. In the meantime, Hemstreet stopped in Canada to pick up the Junior Women’s National Championship round at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Joy Attalla (Dunbar) of Fernie, BC finished her season on a high as well, posting her best World Cup finish with an eighth place finish.
Jackson Goldstone (Syndicate) led through three splits on Saturday, only to fall behind near the bottom and finish fourth on the podium. The Canadian already had the World Cup title locked at Val di Sole, however, so he retains that trophy. Goldstone also won this series in 2021.
Bodhi Kuhn of Rossland, BC grabbed another top 10 placing sixth. Tegan Cruz (Rockshox Trek) adds an 11th place to his excellent season.
Jordan Williams (Madison Saracen) picks up his first World Cup win in the junior men’s world champion rainbow stripes. The Briton set the fastest time of the day – junior or elite – in qualifying in Val di Sole on Friday. He backed that up with a nearly 10-second win on Saturday in the final. Ryan Pinkerton (GT Factory Racing) of the United States trailed 9.825 seconds in second place. Remy Meier-Smith (Propain Factory Racing) made it to the final podium in third position.