Lindsey Jacobellis took gold at the X Games Snowboarder X. (Getty Images-Brent Lewis)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 31, 2016) – Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) earned her 10th X Games Snowboarder X medal on Sunday, while Trevor Jacob (Mammoth Lakes, CA) led the way for the men with his fifth-place finish.
It was a photo-finish for Jacobellis and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic, with Jacobellis edging Samkova by a mere .041 second. Samkova had a great start but Jacobellis pushed past her when Samkova took too high of a line through one of the final turns. “I just had to go for that inside line,” Jacobellis said after the race. “I’d rather go for it and fall than just sit back and not have it work out.” Samkova earned silver while Moenne Loccoz of France took the bronze.
Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) was the only other American woman to make the final. She held the bronze-medal position for a bit, but finished fifth when she was passed up by Loccoz and Belle Brockhoff of Australia. Megan Tierney (Edwards, CO) was 10th.
Lindsey Jacobellis wins gold.
Jacob was the fifth qualifier going into the heats and he looked strong throughout the race. He was the only American to make the Final, though Nate Holland (Sandpoint, ID) won the consolation round, finishing seventh overall. Jacob was riding for his friend and adventurer Johnny Strange, who died in fall 2015. Jarryd Hughes of Australia won gold. Alex Pullin of Australia earned silver and Konstantin Schad of Germany took bronze.
The other American men in the field: Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) was eighth, Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) 10th, Alex Deibold (Manchester, VT) 13th, Hagen Kearney (Telluride, CO) 14th and Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) 19th.
Lindsey Jacobellis won gold—her 10th X Games gold medal.
Jacobellis owns more gold than any other woman in X Games history.
Lindsey Jacobellis This course has changed every single day. Today was completely different. All the snow in those last two turns—it’s fun when you’re freeriding to have some pow turns, but not when you’re racing. I always feel so rattled at the top but I really am working on my mental game and my approach. One race at a time: Qualify, be top three and do what I can control.