American Lindsey Jacobellis bagged her fifth world title in women’s snowboard cross after finishing first at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships at the Sierra Nevada in Spain, Sunday.
In an excruciating two hours-fight amidst ice, snow and hot-headed rivals in the women’s final, Jacobellis crossed the finish line first scrapping Olympic Bronze medallist Frenchwoman Chloe Trespeuch and then Itay’s Michela Moioli to take away the 2017 SBX World Champions Crown.
The 31-year-old from Stratton, VT has clinched every SBX world championships race since her start in 2005. After conquering the Spanish version of Sierra Nevada, Jacobellis said: “I mean, I don’t plan it. It was really hard to see how things were going to fall today. I knew if I just got the best start, then I knew I had a shot. But as we know my starts aren’t always the best. So, I just tried to give it everything I could and not be distracted by other racers who were coming to peripheral vision. As soon as you get distracted, you miss the transition. Everything was so quick; you had to be super precise.”
Moreover, the three-time Olympian and silver medalist at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Jacobellis will look forward to continuing her fantastic form into the world cup final March 25 in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. At present, fifth in the Cup standings, Jacobellis is lagging 20 points behind Trespeuch for fourth and 670 points away from third place Moioli.
Jacobellis is now only one title away from the most decorated rider at world championships – Frenchwoman Karine Ruby who had six titles to her names. With 67 career snowboardcross world cup starts, Jacobellis has pulled off 41 podium finishes and 26 wins.
In X Games tournaments, Jacobellis has attained 12 medals, including 10 golds. The only stone (Mountain)she has not unturned is the Olympic gold medal, which she hopes to conquer in PyeongChang winter Olympics 2018.