Olympic Snowboarding 2014: Live Results, Analysis of Men's Cross

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia.SIA - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Deibold of the United States looks on after his heat in the Men's Snowboard Cross Semifinals on day eleven of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The snowboard cross is always unpredictable, and it certainly fit that description in Sochi.

Pierre Vaultier was not considered a medal contender at the start, but he came away with the gold medal. Russian snowboarder Nikolay Oliyunin gave Vaultier a good battle and came away with the silver. 

American Alex Deibold managed to survive the rough-and-tumble event and he came away with the bronze medal.

Top snowboarders like Alex Pullin of Australia and Markus Schairer of Austria did not even make the final. 

It's a huge day for Deibold, who survived four races to pick up his medal.