News about the Summer and Winter Games
American Lindsey Jacobellis, who lost out on gold in 2006 when she crashed after showing off at the end of the run, was eliminated in the women's snowboard cross semifinals Tuesday afternoon at Cypress Mountain. Canada's Maelle Ricker went on to win the gold medal.
Ricker, who came to Vancouver as the leader in the World Cup standings this winter, easily outdistanced the field. France's Deborah Anthonioz ended up with the silver medal, while Olivia Nobs of Switzerland took the bronze.
Jacobellis, who went on to win the consolation race Tuesday afternoon to finish in fifth place overall, went off course in her semifinal heat. She and Ricker were the favorites to advance out of their semifinal, but as the two were jockeying for position at the front, Jacobellis lost her balance and went outside of a gate, leading to a disqualification.
Four years ago in Olympic finals at Turin, Italy, Jacobellis had a sizable lead going over the final jump on the course when she performed a stunt by grabbing her board. She crashed as she landed, quickly getting up to finish second.
-- Dan Loumena
Photo: Lindsey Jacobellis is all alone during a qualifying run Tuesday. Credit: Bela Szandelszky / Associated Press
Weather is causing problems, yes, more problems at the already challenged Cypress Mountain.
Shots of the mountain, hit by fog and rain, did not looked good Tuesday morning. This has forced training for the women's snowboard cross to be canceled. Qualifying trials had been set to start at 10 a.m. and have been, for now, pushed back an hour.
Expect more delays today. In addition to today's problems, the bad weather obviously will damage the halfpipe course, which wasn't in great shape, either.
Love it here in the spring.
-- Lisa Dillman, Reporting from Vancouver, Canada
Photo: Spectators wait in the fog at Cypress Mountain on Tuesday. Credit: Bela Szandelszky / Associated Press
Seth Wescott of Sugarloaf, Maine, has won the gold medal in the men's snowboard cross at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Mike Robertson of Canada finished second and Tony Ramoin of France finished third.
Nate Holland of Squaw Valley, Calif., fell during the final and finished a distant fourth.
Earlier in the competition, Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.) and Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, Idaho) were unable to advance past the first round. Baumgartner fell during his run, while Watanabe finished third (the top two advanced).
-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada
Photo: Seth Wescott reacts after beating the competition for the gold medal in snowboard cross on Monday. Credit: Roberth Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, Idaho) led the way for the Americans, posting a best time of 1:20.53 on his second run to place second behind Australia’s Alex Pullin.
Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.) had a 1:21.70, while Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif.) posted a time of 1:21.78.
Seth Westcott (Sugarloaf, Maine) had a 1:22.87.
Next up is the first round, which begins at 2 p.m. PST, followed by the quarterfinals at 2:26 p.m., the semifinals at 2:42 p.m. and the finals at 2:53 p.m.
-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver
Photo: Graham Watanabe competes in the qualification round. Credit: Adrian Dennis / AFP
Snowboard cross combines the skills of slalom and halfpipe, with competitors racing down a varied terrain of gates, moguls, jumps and banked turns. This pack-style speed race is conducted in heats with four racers vying to be the first down the hill. U.S. medal winners Seth Wescott and Lindsey Jacobellis explain their racing strategies.
The first-ever five-peat at the Winter X Games, in itself, was an impressive accomplishment for Nate Holland.
But to even get a shot at it on Saturday, Holland had to avoid a massive crash in a semifinal of the men's snowboard cross. That was almost as impressive.
How did he miss landing in the huge pileup and its aftermath, which sent world champion Max Schairer of Austria, to the hospital?
"I have no idea," Holland said.
The accident caused a lengthy delay on the course. Medical staff said the Austrian could move his arms and legs and was conscious but was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures.
"I went to the top and I was really in a somber mood," Holland said.
He managed to flip the switch back into competitive mode and held off U.S. Olympic teammate Seth Wescott.
On the women's side, Vancouver-bound Lindsey Jacobellis won her third straight title, beating Helene Olafsen of Norway, who surprised Jacobellis with a strong start.
Jacobellis prevailed despite feeling less than 100%.
"I just woke up this morning and I was really congested and feeling super weak and dizzy," Jacobellis said. "And I tried to take some allergy medicine because I didn't feel like it was a cold at all. I had a funky reaction to it. I was trying to battle through it and drink as much water and flush it out of my system."
-- Lisa Dillman, reporting from Aspen, Colo.
Olympic snowboard cross champion Tanja Frieden of Switzerland announced her retirement today after tearing both of her Achilles' tendons in a World Cup event last week.
At a news conference, Frieden, from a wheelchair, tearfully announced her retirement after having surgery to repair the injuries. She had planned on competing at the Vancouver Olympic Games, but said the injury has ended her competitive career.
Frieden, 33, beat American Lindsey Jacobellis to win the first women's snowboard cross gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
-- Austin Knoblauch
Photo: Tanja Frieden celebrates after beating Lindsey Jacobellis, left, to win the gold medal in snowboardcross at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Credit: Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press
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