World junior snowboarding – Pitmans race in Italy

Tommy and Mitch Pitman’s stay at the World Junior Snowboarding Championship in Valmalenco, Ita., ended in just over a minute.

The Warfield brothers were two of three young boarders selected to the national team that competed in the worlds.

And with the snowboardcross event first on the schedule in Tuesday’s opening day of the worlds, the Pitmans were put to the test right away in the qualifying round.

The top-20 times out of the 65 boarders from around the world would advance to the heat races on Wednesday.

However, that didn’t included the Pitmans or the third Canadian, Taylor Ronsky of Calgary.

Less than a half-a-second separated the three Canadians. Ronsky was 36th, Tommy Pitman 37th and Mitch Pitman 41st.

Ronsky had the best Canadian time clocking one minute and 8.33 seconds, which left him approximately three seconds short of qualifying for the heat races.

Spain’s Regino Hernandez won all his heats to claim the junior men’s title.

He captured the gold after German Maximilian Stark blew a big lead after crashing.

In the junior women’s snowboardcross, Kelowna’s Jade Critchlow placed 11th in the event won by Czech World Cup rider Eva Samkova.