Dierdorff and Jacobellis Honored as Team USA’s Best of February
Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) have been honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee as Team USA’s Best of February. Their strong performances at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, kicked off what was a fantastic 10 days of competition in Utah.
"It is a huge honor to receive this recognition from Team USA, said Dierdorff. "I am so humbled to be nominated amongst the other incredible athletes. The World Championships at Solitude were a dream come true for me and I am so thankful for all the support and congratulations I have received."
Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) earned his first-ever international competition victory, winning the snowboardcross title at the 2019 FIS World Championships at Solitude Mountain Resort. Dierdorff became the first American to win a snowboardcross world title in 14 years. He then teamed up with Jacobellis to take gold in the new mixed team snowboardcross event, which will make its Olympic debut in 2022.
Despite beginning her portion of the race in fourth place, Jacobellis roared past the field on the last leg of the course to victory. Dierdorff also finished first in the men’s race to secure the gold medal. It was the sixth world championship title of Jacobellis’ career and the second world title for Dierdorff in three days.
Dierdorff and Jacobellis continued their strong performances carrying momentum into March. Jacobellis landed her fourth individual FIS World Cup snowboardcross podium of the season in Baqueira Beret, Spain. She climbed from third to the top spot is the FIS Cup Standings tied with Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova. With only one World Cup left on the schedule, the race for the crystal globe is coming down to the wire. In addition, Dierdorff also performed well finishing fourth making it to the big final.
About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.