After qualifying second for the finals, Olympic silver medalist Jacobellis was on fire out of the gate nailing all of her starts. As soon as she pulled out of the gate, it was no looking back as she grabbed the hole shot – taking all heats on her road to the finals.
"My plan was just to be top-two and advance because I haven't been getting to the finals in my last couple of races. Making finals was definitely my first goal and getting out ahead was my second," said Jacobellis of her strategy heading into the finals. "I was getting the hole shot and doing the first rhythm section really well. I was out in front and wanted to hold my ground giving me the option for every line I wanted to have."
Jacobellis did just that, holding her ground to launch an impressive undefeated career on the World Championship SBX stage. Jacobellis was all about the "big shows" between 2005 and 2007, earning an Olympic silver medal in 2006 and World Champs gold in both 2005 and 2007. But she skipped 2009 Worlds in Korea and was thrown low on a corner in Vancouver and went out in the finals. It had been a four year wait for a global medal outside of the X Games, where she earned her third consecutive gold in 2010.
"This summer I went to California to work out and set up a new camp. That was something kind of out of the ordinary but I figured that was the time to try it out and see if that was something that could work in the off season. I had a lot of fun," explained Jacobellis, who found herself back on top after experimenting this summer with the new training regime. "I surfed a lot and I think that's been helping my starts. I've been a lot more active out of the gate, when in past races it took me a bit to get going. Having that advantage right off the bat and not having to fight through the pack is a huge advantage."
With the win, Jacobellis is tied with the late Karine Ruby of France for the most World Championship victories with three. Ruby won four World Championship medals over the course of her career.
"It's definitely a great accomplishment to be marked there with Karine," said Jacobellis. "She was definitely someone known in the sport of snowboarding so it's good to give her that recoginition as well."
Tuesday's race marked the fourth time that the USA has swept fifty percent of the SBX medals since the event originated in 1999. The 2011 FIS World Snowboard Championships continues Wednesday with the men's and women's parallel giant slalom.
FIS World Snowboard Championships
La Molina, Spain – Jan. 18, 2011
1. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT
2. Nelly Moenne Loccoz, France
3. Dominque Maltais, Canada
For complete results: www.fis-ski.com
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day