By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 03, 2019, 2 p.m. (ET)

Mick Dierdorff competes at the FIS Snowboard World Championships on Feb. 1, 2019 in Solitude, Utah.

 

A malfunctioning gate didn’t stop Lindsey Jacobellis.

Neither did a fourth-place position.

Jacobellis, a four-time Olympian, roared past the field on the last leg of the snowboardcross mixed team final Sunday at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah to win her sixth world championship.

Mick Dierdorff, her partner in Sunday’s competition, won his second world title in three days.

As soon as Jacobellis crossed the finish line, Dierdorff, already at the bottom of the hill because the men’s portion of team snowboardcross is run first, ran toward Jacobellis and hugged her.

Jacobellis began her leg in fourth place, but blasted ahead to the lead position early in the run and never gave up the lead.

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The historic win by Jacobellis and Dierdorff may have provided a glimpse of what will happen when mixed team snowboardcross makes its Olympic debut in Beijing in 2022.

Dierdorff began the weekend by winning a world championship in men’s snowboardcross on Friday.

Jacobellis, who finished fifth in the women’s final Friday, faced an unusual situation in the semifinals Sunday when her gate at the top of the course would not release after Dierdorff finished first in the men’s portion of the race. While Jacobellis stood behind her gate, the other three women’s snowboarders took off on their legs of the race.

Because of the gate malfunction, the race was done over and Jacobellis cruised to a first-place finish by more than one second to put herself and Dierdorff into the final.

She cruised again in the final — with the gate working just fine.

The world championships continue Monday with men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.