World Snowboard Championships

Lindsey Jacobellis wins fourth World Championship in snowboard cross (video)

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Lindsey Jacobellis added another major snowboard cross title Friday, becoming the first snowboarder to win four World Championships in the same event.

Jacobellis, a three-time U.S. Olympian and 2006 silver medalist, prevailed in Kreischberg, Austria. The 29-year-old also won World Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011.

“I never won any of the starts,” Jacobellis said, according to The Associated Press. “Every race I had to fight. It’s incredible how much this sport has evolved, especially on the women’s side. And I am happy to be a part of that history, and I am still with it.”

France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz took silver and Italian Michela Moioli bronze. Olympic champion Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic finished sixth in trying to repeat as World champion.

Jacobellis also owns eight X Games gold medals, a record for any winter or summer athlete. She lacks an Olympic gold, being passed after falling on a trick move in 2006 and going out in the semifinals in 2010 and 2014.

Italian Luca Matteotti won the men’s World title, ahead of Canadian Kevin Hill and American Nick Baumgartner. Another American, Nate Holland, crashed in the final and was fourth.

Matteotti was a surprise winner, having never made a podium at an Olympics or Worlds and his last World Cup win coming Dec. 8, 2010. He was sixth at the Sochi Olympics.

The two-time Olympian Baumgartner won his second Worlds bronze, repeating his 2009 finish.

Sochi Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier of France was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Two-time U.S. Olympic champion Seth Wescott didn’t compete. Sochi bronze medalist Alex Deibold of the U.S. failed to reach the quarterfinals.

U.S. Olympic halfpipe champ forced to retire

Iouri Podladtchikov will compete at World Championships, Winter X Games

Iouri Podladtchikov
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Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov will compete in the World Championships in Austria this week and the Winter X Games in Colorado less than a week later, his agent said.

Podladtchikov will do so after undergoing ankle surgery Nov. 27.

Podladtchikov is the reigning World champion in snowboard halfpipe. Rival Shaun White has never competed in the World Snowboard Championships and said last week in a Twitter Q&A that he was “planning on” being at this year’s X Games.

The World Championships snowboard halfpipe qualifying is Friday. The final is Saturday.

The X Games snowboard halfpipe qualifying and final are Thursday, Jan. 22.

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