It happened yesterday, at the Swedish ski resort or Idre Fjäll, where the World Ski and Snowboarding Championships are being held: Basque athlete Lucas Eguibar has taken then gold freestyle medal in a spectacular sport, snowboard cross.

We found out thanks to the German-language Italian website Sport News, which has a headline we just loved: “Ein Baske ist neuer Boardercross-Weltmeister” (A Basque is the world champion in “boardercross”).  It’s easy to tell when members of a national or cultural minority write about us.

We also loved the rebroadcast of the race found on Eurosport, which allowed us to see Lucas’s success and, at least for us, find out what exactly snowboard cross actually is.

We’ll also leave you with the Basque athlete’s file on the website of BAT BASQUETEAM, the foundation whose goal is to provide resources to all non-professional Basque athletes, to make it easier for them to compete at the top in international competitions.

This is, without a doubt, a major triumph for Basque sports.

Sport News – 11/2/2021 – Italy

Ein Baske ist neuer Boardercross-Weltmeister

Lucas Eguibar heißt der neue Boardercross-Weltmeister. Der 26-Jährige aus dem Baskenland schnappte sich zum ersten Mal in seiner Karriere eine WM-Goldene. Eguibar ist zwar kein Nobody im Boardercross (4 Weltcupsiege), zum engeren Favoritenkreis zählte der Iberer aber nicht.

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Eurosport – 11/2/2021 – Italy

LUCAS EGUIBAR, CAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO EN IDRE FJALL

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Eurosport – 11/2/2021 – Italy

EGUIBAR PIPS HAEMMERLE TO TAKE DRAMATIC SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD GOLD

Victory in Sweden marks Lucas Eguibar’s first World Championships gold medal, after picking up two silvers on home snow in Sierra Nevada, in 2017

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BAT Basqueteam –  – Euskadi

Lucas Eguibar

Empezó a esquiar con 2 años de la mano de sus padres, y a los 5 años ya comenzó a competir en esquí alpino. Mientras que se preparaba, le empezó a gustar el snowboard y decidió aprender con 7 años, teniendo a su madre como profesora.

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Header photo: Luca Eguibar (in den orangefarbenen Hosen) ist der neue Weltmeister. © APA/afp / JAVIER SORIANO