Jacobellis Second, Dierdorff Third in Reiteralm
U.S. Snowboardcross Teammates Lindsey Jacobellis and Mick Dierdorff finished second and third respectively at the World Cup in Reiteralm, Austria Thursday on an icy and fast course, reminiscent of east coast conditions.
“I love the speed and I love the ice because it’s very east coast and where I’m most comfortable and confident,” said Jacobellis, a Stratton Mountain School graduate. “I did have some trouble with the start because I’m dealing with some injuries with my hamstring and my hip, so those compressions are a little challenging. I knew I had to just try to be in the mix because I was running the bottom half of the course really fast. I absolutely loved turn two. It was pretty hairball to go through and it helped to ignite my energy throughout the rest of the course.”
Jacobellis’s podium marks her 54th World Cup Podium in 97 starts. However, to Jacobellis standards, the winningest snowboardcross athlete of all time has recently experienced a World Cup podium drought, earning her last podium in 2019.
“It feels really good to be back on the podium,” she said. “It’s been a long haul with injuries and racing mileage adding up on my body. It feels good to know I’m still in the mix and not falling off the back end.”
2019 FIS World Champion Dierdorff, claimed his third World Cup podium. He also felt the course gave him a competitive edge.
“The courses I have thrived on in my career have been gnarly and a bit sketchy,” said Dierdorff. “That’s when I feel like I have an edge because I love to just send it. I never had the lead going into turn two, but moving towards turn three and four I felt like I was out working some people with better lines. Today was such a fun day.”
The U.S. Snowboardcross Team has collected five podiums from four different athletes in only three World Cup races this season. The culture and team camaraderie is as strong as ever.
“It’s been a while since our whole team has vibed so well together,” said Dierdorff. “We are all pushing each other, supporting each other, and everyone’s riding so well. On any given day, anyone on our team could end up on the podium.
Hometown favorite Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria won the event and Spain’s Lucas Equibar took second. U.S. Snowboardcross Team member and 2018 Junior World Champion Jake Vedder raced well making it to the small final and finishing seventh.
For the women, Italy’s Michela Moioli won the event and France’s Chloe Trespeuch rounded out the podium in third. Three U.S. riders broke the top-20 with Faye Gulini in 10th, Meghan Tierney in 12th, and Stacy Gaskill in 13th.
Next up, the U.S. Snowboardcross Team will head to the Bakuriani, Georgia, World Cup March 3-5 for a two-race program.