Jacobellis strikes Winter Olympic gold (finally)

Lindsey Jacobellis won the first U.S. gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, winning the snowboardcross gold. It's also the first gold of her career. Jacobellis is the oldest U.S. woman to win gold.

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February 9, 2022 - 9:09 AM

Lindsey Jacobellis from the US during the women's cross snowboarding event of the 2018 Winter Olympics in the Bokwang Snow Phoenix Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 16, 2018. (Angelika Warmuth/DPA/Abaca Press/TNS) Photo by TNS

BEIJING (AP) — Lindsey Jacobellis is finally an Olympic gold medalist.

Let that sink in for a moment because Jacobellis has been trying for 16 years.

Jacobellis helped make the wild sport of snowboardcross famous. Who could forget her premature celebration as she approached the finish line in the 2006 Turin Games, an ill-timed board grab that sent her tumbling out of the lead? In a way, she became one of the best-known silver medalists of all time.

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