Jacobellis Wins 24th World Cup SBX
VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland (Jan. 19) - Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) bumped her 'most dominant snowboardcross rider in the world' moniker one more notch Thursday with the 24th World Cup SBX victory of her career. Teammate and fellow X Games gold medalist Nate Holland was second in the men's event, while Russian Andrey Boldykov snatched the win. Jacobellis remained unbeaten after her season-opening victory in the USANA Snowboardcross Cup in Telluride earlier in the season.
- 24th FIS World Cup SBX win for Lindsey Jacobellis (plus one additional halfpipe win), who has nearly a 50% win rate.
- Jacobellis leads the FIS World Cup with a perfect 2,000 points after two events
- The second place finish for Nate Holland was his best since winning in Lech, Austria in Dec. 2010
- Event was a makeup for Bad Gastein, Austria cancelation. Regularly scheduled Veysonnaz World Cup this weekend with qualification Saturday and heats on Sunday.
- It was the second event run in the new six-rider format.
I was riding very well. I wasn't the first out of the start but once I started working the features I could establish the lead. So I was very happy how I was able to put the course together. I felt good every single run.
Last time I came here I was in a bit of a tangle up, so this was vast improvement. Two years ago, Alexandra (Jekova) landed on me right before the last corner and we all ended up in a big pileup. After that I even didn't race the consolidation run.
I'm very happy it's now going to six people. This course was a bit of concern because it's a little narrow in some spots. So it's a little bit dangerous, especially for the guys because they have a little bit more testosterone and they are going for it even more than I'm.
It was one hell of a day racing. It was fun. It's one of the most unique courses on the World Cup tour, just the amount of speed that we have out of the start, which I personally love.
After the start the course kind of tightens down, so it's nice to be out in front. I saw some carnage today in turn two. It happened in two of my heats. You pick your line and stick to it. It's kind of no matter what comes. Of course you try to avoid something like this, so it's all last minute. You can't really prepare for it. You just kind of react. Luckily, I was able to avoid some crashes today and push through into the finals.
Pierre (Vaultier) and Andrey (Boldykov) had really good starts. Coming in to turn one I thought I would be able to make a move but I had Mateusz (Ligocki) latched on to my back. I think I pulled him some 50 feet down the hill until I got his hand off my back.
That's why I did the protest. I mean, I like Ligocki as a person but it's strictly business. Who would have known if I would have had more speed what the end result would have been. It was about making a point of not to grab me.