The 2019 World Championships didn’t go exactly the way American star Lindsey Jacobellis wanted. She won a gold medal with Mick Dierdorff in the Mixed Team final, but had to settle for fifth place and winning the Small Final in the women’s SnowCross event.
But she is undaunted as usual and the Snowboard Cross World Cup continued in Feldberg (GER) even before the Freestyle and Snowboard Worlds conclude in Utah.
The women’s field in Feldberg was excellent, including 2019 Worlds gold medalist Eva Samkova (CZE) and bronze medalist Michela Moioli (ITA). No problem for the winningest Snowboarder ever; Jacobellis managed to get into the lead off the first turn and maintained her edge all the way to the finish for her 30th career World Cup win.
“I’m really happy with the way my starts are coming together,” said Jacobellis afterwards. “It makes things a lot easier when you don’t have to battle through traffic. I got out front and tried to stay in the smallest tuck possible so that I wasn’t creating a lot of draft for the girls behind me.”
The men’s final showcased athletes who weren’t on the medal stand in Utah, and Australia’s Cameron Bolton used the same tactic: get in front and stay there. It worked for his first career World Cup victory. Runner-up Paul Berg (GER) got his World Cup medal of the season and bronze medalist Konstantin Schad (GER) won his first World Cup medal since 2013!
FIS Snowboard World Cup
Feldberg (GER) ~ 8-10 February 2019
(Full results here)
Men’s Snowboard Cross/ Big Final: 1. Cameron Bolton (AUS); 2. Paul Berg (GER); 3. Konstantin Schad (GER); 4. Yoshiki Takahara (JPN).
Women’s Snowboard Cross/ Big Final: 1. Lindsey Jacobellis (USA); 2. Michela Moioli (ITA); 3. Eva Samkova (CZE); 4. Chloe Trespeuch (FRA).
Mixed Team SnowCross: Cancelled.