Lindsey Jacobellis extended a 15-year run of winning snowboard events on the top international level, capturing her 30th individual World Cup victory on Friday.
The four-time Olympian led pretty much from start to finish of the snowboard cross final in Cervinia, Italy, with 2014 Olympic champion Eva Samkova taking runner-up.
“It’s definitely years and years of riding to fine-tune all those little details,” Jacobellis said. “It gets harder and harder every time, but it’s still really fun.”
PyeongChang gold medalist Michela Moioli of Italy was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the season opener.
Jacobellis, 33, is one of the most decorated snowboarders in history with 10 X Games titles and five world championships. One of her World Cup wins came in halfpipe.
In four Olympics, her one medal was a silver at the 2006 Torino Games, when she infamously gave up gold on the penultimate jump. She took fourth in PyeongChang.
Jacobellis is now the second-oldest woman to win a World Cup snowboard cross after Canadian Dominique Maltais. She’s also the third-youngest winner from her maiden victory in 2004.
Her 29 World Cup snowboard cross victories are seven more than any other man or woman.
For women, only France’s Karine Ruby won more World Cups among all snowboard disciplines with 67 between Alpine snowboarding and snowboard cross events.
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20th — 2001 X Games
21st — 2002 X Games
Gold — 2003 X Games
Gold — 2004 X Games
Gold — 2005 Worlds
Gold — 2005 X Games
*** Skipped 2006 X Games
Silver — 2006 Olympics
Silver — 2007 X Games
Gold — 2007 Worlds
Gold — 2008 X Games
Gold — 2009 X Games
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Gold — 2010 X Games
Fifth — 2010 Olympics
Gold — 2011 Worlds
Gold — 2011 X Games
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Gold — 2015 Worlds
Gold — 2015 X Games
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