Seppe Smits is the snowboarding world champion
Seppe Smits has won a gold medal in the Snowboarding World Championships. The Belgian jumped his way to the world title in the category slopestyle in the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains. Another Belgian, Seppe De Buck, just missed a podium position, ending in fourth place.
Seppe Smits was crowned snowboarding world champion for the second time, at the event held in the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains. The 25 year-old Belgian put his first poor attempt in the category slopestyle behind him with a second run in which he jumped almost to perfection. His total score of 91.40 points put him way ahead of the competition. Another Belgian, Seppe De Buck, just missed a podium position, ending in fourth place.
This is Seppe Smits' second world title, following his first in 2011 when he also gave an incredible performance on Spanish soil in the category slopestyle. In slopestyle, participants make a number of jumps on a pre-determined course. It is also an Olympic discipline during the Winter games. Smits is therefore already excited about next year: “The World Championships were the most important competition this season for me. In my opinion slopestyle is the most prestigious discipline. This is a wonderful finish and gives me great hope for the Winter Olympics in 2018.”