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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Dierdorff, Jacobellis Take Gold at Inaugural Mixed-Team Snowboardcross

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 3 2019
Lindsey Jacobellis and Mick Dierdorff
Mick Dierdorff and Lindsey Jacobellis at the 2019 FIS World Champs, presented by Toyota, Pacifico snowboardcross mixed team finals in Solitude, Utah. (Sarah Brunson / U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) and Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) earned the gold for U.S. Ski & Snowboard in the inaugural mixed-team snowboardcross at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, at Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort.

For DIerdorff the gold was World Championship win number two, coming hot on the heels of his victory on day one of the competition in the men’s snowboardcross event. For Jacobellis, the most successful female athlete ever in the sport, the win was redemption after falling short of the podium earlier this week in the individual women’s snowboardcross competition.

With eight inches of fresh snow blanketing the snowboardcross course at Solitude Mountain, the mixed-team race made its World Championship debut at the 2019 FIS World Champs, ahead of its first appearance at an Olympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022.

“It feels great to come back a couple days later and do well and find the top of the podium again, and earn another world champs title,” said Jacobellis. “It was amazing to have Mick there with me. This new dynamic kept me relaxed and added an extra element of fun.”

Dierdorff also commented on the similarities and differences from a traditional snowboardcross race to a mixed-team snowboardcross race.

“I don’t think anything changes as far as mindset,” said the newly crowned double-World Champ. “Especially dropping first. It feels like a normal boardercross heat. More so, it changes for the second person. You don’t know if you will be coming out of the gate last and have all this ground to make up, like what happened today for Lindsey. Your mindset in a normal heat is to get out in front early, and to turn that into a hunt and chasing a rabbit out in front of you changes things. In addition, the fresh snow also changes conditions as we had to figure out how to ride the course in a different way at a different speed.”

Jacobellis earned her sixth World Championships gold medal and has still has never failed to top a podium at a World Championship event she has contested. This is also Dierdorff’s second top-level international competition victory. The team of Jacobellis and Dierdorff was clearly a great match.

“It was a really great experience teaming up with Mick,” said Jacobellis. “I was really happy with my performance on the individual race side and being able to switch it up and have a strategy with Mick was amazing. I’m used to going out of the gate first in the team race, so it was a little nerve-wracking sitting at the gate and waiting for it to drop. I was definitely a little over gripped in some situations and even had some trouble getting out of the start. I’m happy that turned around for me and I was able to execute.”

The sport of mixed-team snowboardcross requires a different type of communication than the traditional individual race format. With the men starting first, and the women waiting for a signal from the coach, and ultimately for their teammate to cross the line before the start gate opens, it makes for an interesting dynamic on the course.

“We do have spotters on the course,” said Jacobellis. “Jeff Archibald is down at the bottom and radios up to the top to give an idea of how the men will finish. I did know my gate was going to drop fourth. It made me really want to focus and nail that start to get as much momentum and tuck into the draft.”

With the men running first in the final, Dierdorff found himself in trouble for the first time in either the individual race or the mixed-team competition at the worst possible time, falling behind and unable to make a pass at any point throughout his half of the race. While he was able to keep himself close to the pack of riders ahead, Dierdorff crossed the line just over a half-second back.

“The first thing I am trying to do is be first and give Lindsey a big as of a gap as possible,” said Dierdorff. “The first two worked out, and then in the final, the heat didn’t go my way for the first time on their course. Initially upon crossing the finish line in fourth, but still very much in the pack, I couldn’t help but have a gut wrenching feeling. I think one of the coolest parts about it was that I realized I have one of the greatest of all time in Lindsey Jacobellis on my team. I think it made it that much more exciting for her to have that task ahead to go from fourth to first and it just shows how good of a rider she really is. It was so cool being down there and cheering for Lindsey in the first ever mixed-team event.”

With an amazing week of snowboardcross training and competition, one thing was clear, the U.S. riders really enjoyed their time at Solitude Mountain Resort.

“Coming to Solitude, I knew it was going to be an awesome course. It’s such a cool mountain and has incredible people. They supported us so well, and that helped make the dreams come true this week!”

RESULTS
Mixed-team snowboardcross

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

FREESKI
Wednesday, Feb. 6

1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s slopestyle - Park City Mountain, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s slopestyle - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBCSN*

Saturday, Feb. 9
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s halfpipe - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBC

FREESTYLE
Wednesday, Feb. 6

9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s aerials - Deer Valley Resort, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Thursday, Feb. 7
12:00 a.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s aerials - Deer Valley Resort, Utah - NBCSN*
9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s team aerials - Deer Valley Resort, Utah - NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold

Friday, Feb. 8
9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s moguls - Deer Valley Resort, Utah - NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 9
9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s dual moguls - Deer Valley Resort, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Sunday, Feb. 10
2:00 a.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s dual moguls - Deer Valley Resort, Utah - NBCSN*

SNOWBOARDING
Monday, Feb. 4

3:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s parallel giant slalom - Park City Mountain Resort, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s parallel giant slalom - Park City Mountain Resort, Utah - NBCSN*

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s parallel slalom - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s big air - Park City Mountain Resort, Utah - NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold

Friday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s halfpipe - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 9
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s halfpipe - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 10
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s slopestyle - Park City Mountain, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
4:30 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s slopestyle - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBC*

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