Lindsey Jacobellis

Age: 24

Hometown: Stratton, Vermont

Stance: Regular

Board team: Sims

Recent Results: A gold medal at the 2010 X Games.

Olympic outlook: Lindsey has had a chokehold on women’s SBX for years now. She has clinched X Games gold medals every season since 2003 (except ’07—when she got, gasp, silver!), as well as nineteen World Cup medals to date. This makes her the winningest snowboardcross athlete in history, man or woman. She had a stellar 2009 winter, too, dominating the World Cup circuit and winning the Overall SBX titleholder for the 2009 FIS World Cup season. Heading into this Olympic season, she’s been training like mad and honing a cast-iron mental game. Lindsey is ultra-competitive—she doesn’t like to lose—and she undoubtedly viewed her dramatic second place finish at the 2006 Games more as losing the gold than winning the silver. So, for Vancouver … it’s redemption time!

Potential downfall: Everyone knows Lindsey as the chick who had the Torino Olympics laced up until she stacked on a method right before the finish line. Heading into Vancouver with such a history, she can expect all eyes to be on her. This could either rattle her game—or give her that much more fuel to prove she can do what she didn’t in 2006.