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Jacobellis in a league of her own " again

Nate Peterson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Lindsey Jacobellis walks down the isle between her fans on her way to the award ceremony at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Ski Area, near Aspen, Colo. on Saturday, Jan., 24, 2009. Jacobellis won a gold medal inthe Women's Snowboard X competition. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
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ASPEN ” Maybe Winter X Games officials should consider letting Lindsey Jacobellis run boadercross with the men.

That’s because Saturday, for yet another year, Jacobellis looked like she was racing against herself on the Winter X boadercross course, breezing through the qualifying rounds before burying five other riders in the final. The win was Jacobellis’ second in a row and fifth overall in the women’s final.

Helene Olafsen and Sandra Frei finished a distant second and third, respectively.

Of course, when Jacobellis pulls out to such huge leads, event announcers can’t help but mention her memorable miscue at the 2006 Winter Olympics when she blew a sure gold by attempting a trick off the final jump and crashed. A year later at the Winter X Games, she also blew a lead when she hit the deck off the final jump.

There would be no such mistakes Saturday ” just robotically-smooth riding on a challenging track slowed by wet snow. The weather made it more difficult for riders to clear the jumps on course, but Jacobellis made it all look routine.

“I felt very confident on this course and I was having a lot of fun riding it, even though it was very difficult,” she said.

She also admitted that she had no clue just how far ahead of the rest of the field she was. She heard snowboards smacking down on the snow behind her and assumed other riders were closing in.

“This is a flatter course and you can hear people land and it echoes, so they could be right behind or far away and you can’t really tell,” she said.

Another observation: While she doubts that she’ll ever be able to get people to stop talking about her unflattering falls, personally, she’s sick of hearing about it, she said.

“I really just ignore it because it happened so long ago,” Jacobellis said. “I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve been racing for so many years, mistakes are bound to happen. Things can happen all the time that you don’t have control over. I just figured, stay on my feet and do the best I can. I just focus on what I can control.”

npeterson@aspentimes.com

1. Lindsey Jacobellis / Stratton, Vt. / 110.619

2. Helene Olafsen / Oppegard, Norway/ 113.266

3. Sandra Frei / Flims-Dorf, Switzerland / 113.505

4. Maelle Ricker / Whistler, B.C., Canada / 113.776

5. Olivia Nobs / La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland / 113.999

6. Joanie Anderson / South Lake Tahoe, Calif. / 115.739

Consolation:

7. Mellie Francon / La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland / 112.693

8. Simona Meiler / Flims, Switzerland / 114.375

9. Erin Simmons / Steamboat Springs, Colo. / 120.052

10. Faye Gulini / Vail, Colo. / 127.372

11. Zoe Gillings / Isle of Man, Great Britain / 130.000

12. Tara Dakides / Mammoth Lakes, Calif. / 130.000


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