US-American double victory at the seventh snowboard cross of the 2007/2008 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup: Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner have won the only snowboard cross contest on US-American soil. The reigning World Champion was able to relegate Canada’s Maelle Ricker and Dominique Maltais as well as Norway’s Helene Olafsen to the ranks two to fourth respectively while securing her fourth consecutive victory on the Boreen course at White Face Mountain. On the men’s side, Nick Baumgartner celebrated his career’s first ever World Cup triumph outside of Lake Placid by successfully competing against Canada’s Drew Neilson and Tom Velisek as well as Germany’s David Speiser.
No wonder Baumgartner was all smiles after his first World Cup win: “It’s unbelievable. I needed a podium spot for sure. But winning here is so great, just unbelievable.” But the triumph didn’t came out of nothing as the 26-years-old National Champion had proved yesterday that he liked the course finishing second in the qualifiers. In addition, he not only dominated today’s finals from the start straight to the finish but also had won all of his heats before. “Today, I got everything altogether. I raced very fast and stayed stable”, Baumgartner said. Even the re-run of his semi final didn’t get him off-focused. “That didn’t disturb me at all.”
His teammate Lindsey Jacobellis had also a good reason to be in a very good mood. Due to her fourth victory in Lake Placid in a row (2005, twice in 2006 and today), the Olympic Silver medallist took over the Overall World Cup lead – at least until Monday. “I love Lake Placid and the Boreen course. It has definitely the best turns in the whole series which you can take with maximum speed”, said the 22 years-old rider after her 13th World Cup win.