4-peat for Jacobellis
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado – The most decorated female athlete in Winter X Games history added to her medal collection.
Building an enormous lead on Buttermilk’s boardercross course in Saturday’s women’s final, Lindsey Jacobellis won her fourth straight gold in the event.
The 25-year-old from Stratton, Vt., now owns seven Winter X Games gold medals – the most of any female competitor.
“This is my second go at it [four-peat], so it feels good to finally get it,” Jacobellis said. “I was just trying to get out in front and stay out of traffic so that I could pick whatever line I wanted to go for.”
The strategy paid off.
Early on in Saturday’s final, Dominique Maltais, running second at the time, took a spill on a roller, consequently padding Jacobellis’ lead.
From there, it was Jacobellis’ race to lose. And, despite a late charge from fellow American Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, she easily preserved her lead, finishing the 4,060-foot course in 1 minute, 38.943 seconds.
Chythlook-Sifsof, a 21-year-old from Girdwood, Alaska, secured silver in 1:39.681. France’s Deborah Anthonioz nabbed bronze with a time of 1:40.026.
For Chythlook-Sifsof, finally at 100 percent after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) two years ago, Saturday’s silver was her first Winter X Games medal.
“Last year was my first year back from [the injury],” she said. “I kind of had a big struggle to get back where I was since the injury. This is my best X Games ever. It feels like I’m really coming back from the injury and it feels like I’m on top of my game.”
Like Chythlook-Sifsof, Anthonioz had never won an X Games medal.
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