Jacobellis continued to live up to her reputation as the “most dominant
snowboardcross rider in the world” with the 24th World Cup SBX victory of
her career on Thursday in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. In terms of points,
Jacobellis leads the FIS World Cup point standings with a perfect 2,000 points
after two events. Since her season-opening victory at the USANA Snowboardcross
Cup in Telluride earlier in the season, Jacobellis remains undefeated.
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”, said
Games gold medalist and teammate Nate Holland took second on the men’s side,
losing narrowly to Russia’s Andrewy Boldykov who took first.
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”, said Holland.
typical snowboardcross fashion, the competition was fierce and riders did not
hesitate to get physical on the course.
explains, “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.”
she avoided any extensive contact with her opponents this time, Jacobellis reminisced on a
previous visit to the course where she wasn’t as fortunate, “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.”