The United States (US), on Wednesday (9/2), won its first gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics when Lindsey Jacobellis won the competition snowboard cross or snowboarding for girls.
Jacobellis, 36, has been a dominant figure in the sport’s short history but has failed to win a gold medal since his debut at the Turin Olympics in Italy in 2006.
At the event in Turin, Jacobellis was expected to get a gold medal, but he then slipped and fell while trying to make a dazzling jump in the final stages of the match, forcing him to settle for a silver medal.
Chloe Trespecuh of France won silver in Wednesday’s competition, while Meryeta Odine of Canada won bronze.
Meanwhile US skier Mikeala Shiffrin, the most dominant female Alpine skier, suffered a shock failure in her quest to add to her gold medal collection.
Shiffrin was seconds away from her first race in a women’s slalom match, but she failed to enter the gate and skidded off course, disqualifying herself. He then sat on the touchline and looked disappointed for a few minutes after the game.
Petra Vlhova of Slovakia won the gold medal in the women’s slalom category, followed by Katharina Leinsberger of Austria and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland in second and third respectively. [jm/my]