(ZHANGJIAKOU, China) — Lindsey Jacobellis captured the USA’ first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday, driving onerous to the road in her snowboardcross remaining a full 16 years after a mistake price her the title.
The 36-year-old racer was competing in her fifth Olympics and captured the primary U.S. win of what has been an in any other case dismal Video games for the purple, white and blue.
The victory got here after America’s high racer, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, skidded out and failed to complete the primary run of the slalom, making her 0 for two in Beijing.
Up till Wednesday, Jacobellis was greatest recognized for taking an enormous lead into the ultimate bounce on the 2006 Turin Video games however pulling on her board in a showboat transfer as she street over the crest, then falling and settling for silver.
This time, she street onerous all the way in which to the road, beating Chloe Trespeuch of France, then protecting her coronary heart along with her arms as she slowed. Meryeta Odine of Canada received the bronze.