Jacobellis successfully competed in the women's final against last year's winner Dominique Maltais (CAN), and Deborah Anthonioz (FRA), locking in the first-ever victory of a U.S. athlete in Telluride.
Teammates Nick Baumgartner and Jonathan Cheever came in second – behind France’s Pierre Vaultier – in Saturday’s snowboard cross team final in Telluride’s Snowboard FIS World Cup. Vaultier and teammate Xavier De le Rue won the event on the same course in 2009 and 2010, as well.
This year, Baumgartner and teammate Jonathan Cheever came in second, but only by centimeters, in a classic photo finish.
Norway’s Joachim Havikhagen and Stian Sivertzen came in third.
The French also won the women’s team SBX on Saturday, with Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Deborah Anthonioz taking first place. The American team of Lindsey Jacobellis and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof came in third, with Canadians Dominique Maltais and Maelle Ricker in second.
Saturday’s result marked Jacobellis’ second trip to the Telluride podium, after taking first place the day before in the individual competition.
Vaultier may be cultivating a reputation as “Mr. Telluride” by winning the men’s gold in the individual event.
In Friday’s parallel race, it was the Austrians who dominated, with Julia Dujmovits winning on the women’s side and Benjamin Karl winning the men’s division.