Jacob Career First Victory in Vallnord
VALLNORD, Andorra (Jan. 11) – Trevor Jacob (Golden City, CA) rode to his career first snowboardcross victory Saturday in the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Vallnord, putting him in prime position to make the Olympic team with just a month before Sochi. A core of American men claimed three other spots in the top ten, and Olympic medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) took third in the women’s race with Canadian rider Dominique Maltais sealing the victory. The riders take to the hill again for another snowboardcross World Cup Sunday.
- Trevor Jacob (Golden City, CA) rode to his career first snowboardcross victory Saturday in the FIS Snowboard World Cup debut in Vallnord, Andorra, putting him in prime position to make the Olympic team with just a month before Sochi. It was only Jacob’s 10th World Cup start.
- A core of American men claimed three other spots in the top ten, including Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) in fourth, Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) in sixth and Alex Deibold (Manchester Center, VT) in tenth.
- Deibold, Jacob and Holland have all satisfied the objective criteria for Olympic team qualification. The team will be named later this month.
- Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) was set for a comeback after a knee took him out of competition in March, but he missed qualifying by .02 on Friday.
- Olympic medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) took her 38th career podium in third with World Cup leader Dominique Maltais of Canada sealing the victory for the women.
- Jackie Hernandez (Londonderry, VT) finished ninth with Callan Chythlook-Sifsof (Girdwood, AK) and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) taking 23rd and 26th.
- The riders take to the hill again for another snowboardcross World Cup Sunday, the fourth and final snowboardcross event before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sochi.
I’m speechless. It’s just so cool to be out here with all these dudes that I didn’t know how I’d compare to, and it’s just cool to come out here and be on the top.
The fire is here for boardercross. It was never really there for halfpipe. I kind of got talked into pipe because I was good at it, but this (boardercross) is something for myself and is super meaningful and I can do it for the right reasons.
I love this country and it’s great to race here. The slope was absolutely perfect. Great preparations and great race organization!
Today was okay. In the final heat, I had a terrible start and cased the first three jumps and knew I wasn’t going to win but knew the podium was still feasible. I passed two people in between turns two and three and carried some good speed passing another rider in the end.
Getting back on the podium makes me feel like Canada wasn’t a fluke and that I’m still riding well and can pull this off. Even though I’m sore, I’m excited for tomorrow’s race. And when I don’t win I have the fire so yeah, tomorrow will be fun.
Peter Foley, Snowboardcross Head Coach
Today was awesome. It’s amazing to see these guys stepping up and getting faster and faster at each race and to have that many of our riders in the big final and Alex Deibold in the small final. It’s just so hard to accomplish that and was really amazing to see.
From the very first time we brought him to camp I thought Trevor was super talented, and the progression from that to this, his first world cup win, has been amazing to see.
Lindsey rode great in all the heats making solid passes and good racing. She had a small bobble in the start of the final heat, and the way this course was racing, if you had a mistake in the top section, it was really hard to make up. But she rode great and it's always good to see her on the podium.