Lindsey Jacobellis made her first World Cup podium in nearly two years and met Olympic selection criteria, boosting her chances of making her third U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday.
Jacobellis, 28, won a World Cup snowboardcross event in Lake Louise, Alberta, with a broken right thumb.
“I’m having a hard time getting good pulls out of the gate because I broke my thumb last race,” Jacobellis said, according to The Associated Press. “I really was dependent on working the features to try and get back out ahead.”
It’s the latest injury for the 2006 Olympic silver medalist who missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing an ACL at the January 2012 Winter X Games.
Jacobellis met Olympic selection criteria, but she isn’t yet fully assured of making the U.S. Olympic Team with more World Cup events in January.
Jacobellis won a final loaded with stars. Canada’s Dominique Maltais, the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, took second. Norway’s Helene Olafsen, fourth at the 2010 Olympics, was third.
Reigning Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Canada crashed and was fourth as she continues to come back from a concussion.
Ricker, Maltais and Olafsen went one-two-three at the World Championships in January.
In the men’s race, two-time U.S. Olympian Nate Holland took seventh two weeks after breaking his collarbone. Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott has yet to race this season as he recovers from ACL surgery.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.