Lindsey Jacobellis (right) finished fourth at the FIS Snowboard World Cup Sunday in Germany. (FIS)
FELDBERG, Germany (Jan. 24, 2016) – The American snowboardcross athletes wrapped up a successful weekend at the FIS Snowboard World Cup with Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) scoring a fourth-place finish while Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Spring, CO) was sixth and Hagen Kearney (Telluride, CO) was ninth for the men.
“Close but no cigar,” said Jacobellis. The three-time Olympian had a difficult start in the final heat and attempted to battle through traffic, but in the end Nelly Moenne Loccoz of France took the win while her countrywoman Chloe Trespeuch was second, and Michela Moioli of Italy was third.
In the men’s race, two Americans cracked the top 10 - Dierdorff and Kearney. The result was Dierdorff’s second-best World Cup finish and only his third top 10.
“This was my first big final, so it was really exciting to get in there,” said Steamboat Springs resident Dierdoff. “I came underdog out of the back and made some passes, which is my go to. I like to get in there and try to send it. It felt great to fly by a couple people at the end.”
Pierre Vaultier of France won the event, while yesterday’s winner Nikolay Olyunin of Russia was second. Lluis Marin Tarroch of Andorra was third.
The rest of the American finishers: Alex Deibold (Boulder, CO) was 11th, Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) 14th, Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) 44th, Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) 52nd, Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) 60th and Hunter Wilson (Draper, UT) 61st. In the women’s race, Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) was 13th.
Up next for the U.S. snowboardcross athletes is X Games Aspen January 28-31, where they will face one of the most challenging courses of the year. Men’s and women’s Snowboarder X will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday, January 31 from 2-4:00 p.m. EST.
Lindsey Jacobellis, who is currently ranked second overall on the FIS snowboardcross points list, placed fourth.
Mick Dierdorff placed sixth – his third World Cup top 10.
Hagen Kearney was ninth.
Lindsey Jacobellis Close but no cigar. It goes to show that I still like to battle my way from the back because I choose to just not ever get a good start in the finals. But this is great training for working on my starts and just another great day of racing.
Mick Dierdorff It was really awesome to make the big finals. Wish I would’ve made the podium but…next time.