Three Americans Top the World Cup SBX Podium

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 19, 2009 6:45 am

She may have given up the gold at the 2006 Olympics, but today, American snowboarding superstar Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) added a 17th career World Cup boardercross win to her golden roster. Jacobellis has now racked up more World Cup SBX wins than anyone, and recently trumped Canada’s Jasey Jay Anderson’s record with her 16th win last weekend. "I didn’t ever want to focus on it, but now that it’s happened and I’ve accomplished it, it’s awesome to look back and see what I’ve done for the sport and to raise the bar for women," Jacobellis said.

On the men’s side, the U.S. snowboarders didn’t disappoint. Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) made his own sort of history, nabbing his first World Cup podium, taking silver. “I had a feeling I was going to make the big final and once I got there I was hoping for a win, but I made a mistake, ended up in third, and then the guy in front ended up falling so I finished second. It was good," Cheever said of his performance. "I’ve been hungry for so long. After being top-six twice this year I felt like I needed it for myself more than anything else."

2006 Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME), grabbed the bronze, continuing his podium streak from last weekend. Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, ID) finished fifth, X-Games winner Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) sixth, brother Pat Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) eighth and Jason Smith (Durango, CO) 10th—making that six American men in the top 10.

Photo Courtesy: FIS/Oliver Kraus
Seth Wescott repeats his podium performance from Cypress

“After the first round we had eight athletes in the round of 16, which is insane because we only lost one guy,” said U.S. Head Snowboardcross Coach, Peter Foley. “It’s pretty unheard of, and on the whole I’m super stoked with how fast everyone is riding and how consistent they are.”

The riders next head to Sunday River, ME, where they will compete in the Visa Snowboardcross World Cup, which will also feature the Paul Mitchell Team SBX Feb. 28.






Stoneham, Quebec  

Feb. 19, 2009

1. Markus Schairer, Austria

2. Jonathan Cheever, Saugus, MA

3. Seth Wescott, Sunday River, ME

4. Robert Fagan, Canada

5. Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, ID

6. Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, CA

8. Pat Holland, Squaw Valley, CA

10. Jason Smith, Durango, CO

14. Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI

16. Shaun Palmer, South Lake Tahoe, CA

20. Jayson Hale, Sierraville, CA


1. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT

2. Mellie Francon, Switzerland

3. Maelle Ricker, Canada

4. Zoe Gillings, Great Britain

5. Alexandra Jekova, Bulgaria

17. Marni Yamada, Seattle, WA

photo: USSA, FIS/Oliver Kraus