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Lindsey Jacobellis Profile


Lindsey Jacobellis

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About Lindsey Jacobellis:

American snowboard cross athlete Lindsey Jacobellis was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and spent her formative years snowboarding and training at Stratton in Vermont. She won the silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, and also holds a number of Winter X-Games medals and titles.

Born: August 19, 1985 (Age 24)
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Resides: Stratton, VT
Height/Weight: 5'5" / 134 lbs

Riding Info

Home Mountain: Stratton, VT
Sponsors: Visa, Bern, Bolle, Under Armour, Sprint, Stratton, Sims, U.S. Snowboarding, Airwalk, Paul Mitchell

Career Highlights:

Lindsey Jacobellis is widely viewed as one of the most dominant female snowboard cross racers of all time. She holds an Olympic silver medal from the 2006 Torino Games, seven Winter X-Games medals (including 6 gold medals), and is a two-time FIS Snowboarding World Champion, having won in 2005 and 2007.

2006 Olympic Performance:

While known for winning, she achieved even greater notoriety for coming in second at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. During the women's snowboard cross final, Jacobellis had a commanding lead over the competition as she came into the final jump before the finish line. While in the air, she pulled a huge, stylish method grab, but was unable to stick the landing, allowing Tanja Frieden of Switzerland to rocket ahead of her for the gold medal. While Jacobellis initially claimed the grab was used to stabilize herself in the air, she later admitted she was just having fun, which in her opinion is what snowboarding is all about.

In a move that was seen by the snowboard industry as proof the mainstream media still didn't understand the sport, major U.S. media outlets lambasted Jacobellis for her foolish showboating. Ever the spunky snowboarder, Jacobellis merely replied, "I was having fun," Jacobellis said. "Snowboarding is fun. I was ahead. I wanted to share my enthusiasm with the crowd. I messed up. Oh well, it happens." After winning several more Winter X Games medals, Jacobellis looks to the 2010 Vancouver Games to add Olympic Gold to her collection

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