Lindsey Jacobellis smiles at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on Dec.13, 2017 in Val Thorens, France.
Lindsey Jacobellis doubled down on her snowboardcross medals, while Jake Vedder captured his first medal of the nascent 2018-19 FIS World Cup season Saturday in Cervinia, Italy. The podium finish was also Vedder’s first on the circuit.
Four-time Olympian and five-time world champion Jacobellis, who opened her season with a win on the same course in the shadow of the Matterhorn on Friday, led through the middle of the race but ended second, swapping places on the podium with the Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova on Saturday.
Samkova, 2014 Olympic champion in the discipline, dominated each of her heats Saturday, and though a slow start to her final briefly left her at the back of the pack, she quickly made up ground, displacing Jacobellis for the lead on the final portion of the course.
Jacobellis had the opposite experience: The 33-year-old squeaked into the semis following a third-place finish in the quarterfinal, and she qualified to the big final after a second-place finish to Great Britain’s Charlotte Bankes in the semis. Michela Moioli of Italy finished third to claim her first medal of the season on a home course. Team USA’s Stacy Gaskill was 12th overall.
Vedder, the 2016 Youth Olympic gold medalist in snowboardcross, stayed steady for second place behind Italy’s Emanuel Perathoner in the men’s big final on Saturday after finishing 15th Friday. Vedder’s previous best result in a world cup race was sixth this past February.
In fifth place midway through his final race, the 20-year-old was able to advance to second in a big final that also saw three-time Olympian Nate Holland finish fifth. Additionally, Nick Baumgartner’s second place finish in the small final for seventh overall gave Team USA three in the top 12.