Snowboard World Championships: China’s Zang finishes 16th, Zogg wins gold
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At the ongoing Snowboard World Championships in Park City in Utah in the U.S., Zang Ruxin was the only Chinese to reach the women's Parallel Slalom final. But it turned out to be a disastrous day for the 24-year-old, who was hoping to get the best result in her country's history in the event.

China had four riders compete in the discipline, but Zang was the only one left after two qualification rounds. Her opponent in the last 16 was Germany's Selina Joerg, who came first in qualifying after the 31-year-old won the Parallel Giant Slalom a day earlier.

Heavy snow posed troubles for both and Zang lost her edge early and was never able to get back in the race. Though the Chinese quickened her pace later, she was beaten by 1.67 seconds and finished in 16th place. 

Zang Ruxin (L) of China poses on the podium in Women's Giant Slalom of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games at Sapporo Teine in Sapporo, Japan, February 19, 2017. /VCG Photo

Zang Ruxin (L) of China poses on the podium in Women's Giant Slalom of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games at Sapporo Teine in Sapporo, Japan, February 19, 2017. /VCG Photo

Zang had won the women's snowboard slalom gold for China at the eighth Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, in 2017, and has been regarded as one of China's 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics prospects.

Julie Zogg of Switzerland won gold while in the men's competition, Dmitry Loginov of Russia clinched the first position while China's Bi Ye came a distant 18th overall.

Julie Zogg of Switzerland wins the gold medal during the FIS World Snowboard Championships Men's and Women's Parallel Slalom in Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah, U.S., February 4, 2019. /VCG Photo

Julie Zogg of Switzerland wins the gold medal during the FIS World Snowboard Championships Men's and Women's Parallel Slalom in Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah, U.S., February 4, 2019. /VCG Photo

(Cover photo: Zang Ruxin of China leads Xu Xiaoxiao of China during the Ladies' Parallel Giant Slalom Elimination Round at the FIS Snowboard World Championships at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah, U.S., February 4, 2019. /VCG Photo)