AROSA, Switzerland (Jan. 16) — Ben Jacobellis (Bondville, VT) battled through a deep cut in his left leg suffered just after the finals start to take second in the first of two snowboard cross World Cups in Arosa Friday. According to team doctor Melinda Roalstad, he was taken to a nearby hospital in Chur for further examination. Ben is the second Jacobellis to land a World Cup SBX podium in two weeks after younger sister Lindsey won her first World Cup race in Bad Gastein, Austria on Jan. 5.
Teammate and World Championships silver medalist Seth Wescott (Farmington, ME) finished fourth behind winner Stefano Pozzolini of Italy and third place finisher Alexander Maier of Austria. The win for Pozzolini jolted him to the top of the men’s overall SBX standings.
Reigning World Champion and current SBX points leader Karine Ruby of France took the women’s race, while Maria Danielsson of Sweden, Tanja Frieden of Switzerland and Zoe Gillings of Great Britain went 2-3-4. No American women competed.A second SBX will take place Saturday to replace the cancelled Alpe d’Huez, France event.
FIS SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP
Arosa, SUI — Jan. 16
Men’s Snowboard Cross Final
1. Stefano Pozzolini, Italy
2. Ben Jacobellis, Bondville, Vt.
3. Alexander Maier, Austria
4. Seth Wescott, Farmington, Maine
41. Jason Smith, Basalt, Colo.
DNS Jason Hale, Sierraville, Calif.
Women’s Snowboard Cross Final
1. Karine Ruby, France
2. Maria Danielsson, Sweden
3. Tanja Frieden, Switzerland
4. Zoe Gillings, Great Britain