Jacobellis, Baumgartner Take Gold In Mixed Snowboard Cross Team Debut
Lindsey Jacobellis, 36, and Nick Baumgartner, 40, came out on top at the inaugural Mixed Snowboard Cross Team event, earning a gold medal for the United States.
Jacobellis battled with Italy's Michaela Moioli for the entire length of the course before taking over the lead at the final right-banked turn in Saturday's big final. Jacobellis was able to hang on to her lead through the final jump by a margin, barely finishing ahead of Moili and claiming victory for the United States.
The gold is Baumgartner's first Olympic medal, making him the oldest snowboarder to ever win an Olympic medal.
"I think for any athlete, getting pushed out by a younger generation really sucks," he said after the race. "So for us to go out there and put our stamp of approval on it and say "we're not done yet, we just got to work a little bit harder and we're willing to put that work in." So it's a good feeling."
For Jacobellis, the victory is her second of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games after she won gold in the individual snowboard cross event earlier this week. In her first four Olympics, gold evaded her. Now, in her fifth, she's finally claimed the top spot, not once, but twice.
"It's a pretty incredible thing to be able to come and get a gold medal with a long-time teammate," said Jacobellis. "We've been through a lot together and we've seen each other through our ups and downs and our struggles so to be able to come together to work as a team and learn from each other on how the courses were changing with speed. I thought that we did great today with our execution and we had a lot of fun."
Jake Vedder and Faye Guilini made it to the quarterfinal round but did not qualify for the small or big final.
Mixed Snowboard Cross Team
HOW TO WATCH
*All Times EST
Monday, Feb. 14, 2022
12:30 a.m. Snowboarding - Men's Big Air Qualifying, Secret Garden, CHN, NBC Broadcast
1:30 a.m. Snowboarding - Women's Big Air Qualifying, Secret Garden, CHN, NBC Broadcast
1:30 a.m. Snowboarding - Men's Big Air Qualifying, Secret Garden, CHN, USA Network
4:30 a.m. Primetime Plus - Women's Slopestyle Final, Women's Big Air Qualifying (re-air), NBC Broadcast
4:00 p.m. Snowboarding - Men's Big Air Qualifying, Secret Garden, CHN, NBC Broadcast
8:30 p.m. Snowboarding - Women's Big Air Final, Secret Garden, CHN, NBC Broadcast
10:00 p.m. Alpine Skiing - Women's Downhill, National Alpine Skiing Center, Yanqing District, Beijing, CHN, NBC Broadcast, Streaming Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
10:00 p.m. Snowboarding - Men's Big Air Qualifying, Secret Garden, CHN, USA Network
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
12:00 a.m. Snowboarding - Men’s Big Air Final, Secret Garden, CHN, Streaming Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
12:05 a.m. Primetime - Men’s Snowboarding Big Air Final & Freeski Slopestyle Final, NBC Broadcast
2:35 a.m. West Coast Encore - Women’s Aerials Final (freestyle), Women’s Big Air Final (snowboarding), Women’s Downhill (alpine)