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Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them. That was pretty much how it was for Canadian snowboarder Will Malisch, at the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade.
“Going into Krasnoyarsk, I was pretty sure I was almost at the end of my snowboard racing career,” says Malisch candidly, as he reflects on the multi-winter-sport event in Siberia last year. “I hadn’t raced for a year. In fact, I hadn’t even trained much to be honest!”
“A lot of the other competitors didn’t even know me, especially the younger ones. They were probably wondering who this guy is, this bib number 31,” he adds with a laugh.
Malisch ended up pulling off a big upset win over the twice Junior World Champion Daniil Dilman of Russia, winning Canada’s first snowboard cross gold at the FISU World University Games.