Lindsey Jacobellis, a 36-year-old snowboarder, has finally won an Olympic gold medal. This was her fifth Olympic appearance and a first gold medal. Jacobellis swept to victory in her fifth Olympic appearance in the women’s snowboard cross.
The win came 16 years after she suffered a brutal fall that cost her gold in her Olympics debut at the 2006 Torino Winter Games. She has since racked up five individual world titles and 10 individual X Games victories.
Jacobellis adds to the Winter Olympics record books after winning the gold.
She became the oldest American woman to win gold and the longest period between medals for any US woman. Jacobellis took silver in 2006 after falling on her final jump despite having a big lead entering it.
She came in fifth in 2010, seventh in 2014, and fourth 5 years ago.
The win had been 16 years in the making since she suffered a brutal fall that cost her gold in her Olympics debut at the 2006 Torino Winter Games. Jacobellis claimed silver in 2006 despite the fall, which came after she took a massive lead into the final jump.
She came in fifth in 2010, seventh in 2014, and fourth 5 years ago. With the win, Jacobellis rewrites a few entries in the Winter Olympics history books. She became the oldest U.S woman to win gold; also, the 16 years marked the longest gap between medals for any U.S. woman.
Before this event, Jacobellis had never even won a World Cup or world championship gold in six visits to either event. This year alone she has five world titles and 10 X Games victories.
This time, Jacobellis was in her best form. She swept to victory with two powerful runs down the course on Wednesday, engaging in an exhilarating duel with France’s Chloe Trespeuch before out-racing her to the line in a photo finish.
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