ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 26) - U.S. Snowboarding's Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) experienced the sweet taste of a long-awaited victory as she grabbed her fourth Winter X Games snowboardcross gold Saturday.
Jacobellis, the current back-to-back SBX world champion, pressed the rollers and dominated the turns in a competitive run that brought the Olympic silver medalist another X Games title.
"This win feels good because you're coming back from not winning and it means a lot to break my way through the pack again," Jacobellis said.
The race was incredibly tight between Jacobellis and Canadian rookie Dominique Maltais, but Jacobellis stayed on course and brought home the gold.
"Her race was so tight, it was really one of the most exciting races I've seen for Lindsey. She went for it in that last step up and totally popped it to make it all the way over," said Head Coach Peter Foley. "Even if Dom hadn't crashed, Lindsey still would have beaten her because she jumped that jump all the way and had more speed."
"At the top, your legs are still screaming at you from the race before and I just tried to get my best start and hold my line," Jacobellis said. "I could hear the people behind me the whole time and I was like, 'Don't give up any speed.' I was really happy that I was able to pull it off."
Earlier in the week, Jacobellis, who is at the top of the snowboardcross World Cup standings after winning the 2007 crown, said she was hoping it would be her turn to return to first place. She had won three years in a row, but took home silver in the X Games last year.
"She's been riding pretty well and she was confident in her abilities. She still had to deal with the nerves but she certainly felt like she could do it. There's a lot that's outside of your control in snowboardcross, but it was great," Foley said. "That was pretty sweet and I'm really excited for her."
WINTER X GAMES XII
Aspen, CO - Jan. 26, 2008
Women's Snowboardcross (Six made finals)
1. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT, 102.00 (seconds)
2. Tanja Frieden, Switzerland, 102.67
3. Sandra Frei, Switzerland, 104.33
4. Dominique Maltais, Canada, 104.62
5. Mellie Francon, Switzerland, 112.05
6. Zoe Gillings, United Kingdom, 126.88
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