Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis wins U.S. its 1st Winter Olympics gold in Beijing

Lindsey Jacobellis won the women’s snowboard cross on Wednesday to earn the U.S. its first Olympic gold medal of the 2022 Beijing Games.

The big picture:The 36-year-old from Connecticut is the most decorated snowboard cross athlete ever, but this is her first gold. She’s also the oldest Olympian to win a snowboard medal, per NBC Sports.

  • Jacobellis has competed in five different Winter Games and has now tied the Olympic appearances record.

By the numbers: She’s previously won a silver Olympic medal, at the 2006 Torino Games, five world championship golds and eight X Games titles.

Flashback: Jacobellis was on course for gold in Torino, but slipped while attempting a trick on the second-to-last jump.

What she’s saying: Jacobellis said the 2022 Games “was never about redemption” for 2006, per Olympics.com.

  • “I just wanted to have fun, being my fifth appearance at an Olympics,” she added.
  • “My thought going into this was, ‘it’s either going to happen or it’s not’, and ‘it could be my day or it could be another one of the ladies’ days’, so it just happened that all the stars lined up for me, for it to be my day.”

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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