NIIGATA JOETSU-KOKUSAI, Japan (Feb. 28) — U.S. Snowboarding rider Lindsey Jacobellis (Bondville, VT) made history Saturday completing a three-day sweep of World Cup competition winning the women’s halfpipe after claiming victory in two consecutive snowboard cross events. While, teammate Steve Fisher (St. Louis Park, MN) placed his own exclamation point on the weekend by shutting down the Finn pipe dominance to grab the men’s victory.
“It was a great day for U.S. Snowboarding,” said Halfpipe Head Coach Bud Keene. “This proves that the stateside contests like Grand Prix’s, Triple Crowns, and X-Games prepare our riders well for competition on the world stage. Lindsey is super stoked – what an unbelievable three-days and Fisher continues to fulfill his potential. The future looks bright for them. They rode with power and confidence and it showed.”
Both Jacobellis and Fisher are X Games Champions, U.S. Finals Champions, World Junior Champions and now have their first World Cup pipe victories. Also on Jacobellis’ resume is the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix snowboard cross title, while Fisher made a name for himself on the World Cup in ’03 after taking bronze home from the World Championships.
“It’s such a great feeling winning three times in a row”, said Jacobellis, who’s 40.7 point win moved her to second in the World Cup overall standings. “It was a good week for me although it was a lot of stress for my body.” It was the first time in history that a U.S. rider has swept a World Cup stop in two separate disciplines. She now trails Julie Pomagalski of France by just 162.6 points in the overall standings.
Snowboard pioneer Mike Jacoby was the last American to hold the overall World Cup title in 1996. He also won it in 1995, the very first season for World Cup snowboarding.
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