Finally, Team USA has its first gold medal of the 2022 Olympics – with a fitting recipient.
Lindsey Jacobellis guaranteed a tricky gold medal Wednesday in the ladies’ snowboard cross, 16 years after an expensive blunder late in the race cost her the top spot in Torino.
The 36-year-old from Danbury, Conn., drove beginning to end in Wednesday’s last rushed to add the missing part of her finished snowboarding profession. It additionally denoted the principal gold for Team USA in the Beijing Olympics, subsequent to getting five silver medals and one bronze heading into the snowboard cross.
Before Wednesday, Jacobellis had come nearest to Olympic gold in 2006. She had a major lead in the last that year, however on the penultimate leap, she notoriously attempted to add a celebratory snatch, just to fall. It cost her, as her stagger permitted one more snowboarder to make up for lost time and elapse her, with Jacobellis settling to silver.
Jacobellis later completed fifth in 2010, seventh in 2014 and fourth in 2018, scarcely missing the platform in Pyeongchang by three-hundredths of a second.
France’s Chloe Trespeuch won the silver medal, and Meryeta O’Dine of Canada caught bronze.
With the success, Jacobellis rewrites a couple of exceptional sections in the Winter Olympics history books. She turned into the most established U.S woman to win a gold; likewise, the 16 years denoted the longest hole between medals for any U.S. woman.
Up until Wednesday, Jacobellis was most popular for blowing her shot at gold in the 2006 Turin Games due to the show-off move. Be that as it may, this time, she rode hard the whole way to the line, beating Trespeuch. She covered her heart with her hands as she slowed. At the post-race ceremony, she received one of the treasured Bing Dwen Dwen stuffed animals, lifted it over her head and just stood there and beamed.