In a major upset, young gun Joanie Anderson dodges a crashing Lindsey Jacobellis just feet from the finish line of the Snowboarder X competition to secure her first Winter X Games gold. Im so stoked and shocked, said Anderson. The course here is always sick. I think its the best boardercross competition.
Twenty-year old Anderson from South Lake Tahoe, California has competed in the Winter X Games for four years, each time advancing to the finals. But it was not until 2006 that she stood on the podium with a second place finish. This year, it looked as if Anderson would win silver once again until 21-year old Jacobellis from Stratton, Vermont caught her backside edge, letting Anderson grab the gold.
Coming off as the 2007 FIS World Champion, Jacobellis was aiming to take home the gold this year. On the heels of a disappointing silver medal after a crash near the finish of Boardercross in the 2006 Torino Olympics, Jacobellis caught her heelside edge, flipping over to slide across the finish line just ahead of Maelle Ricker.
Ricker, the 2006 defending Snowboard X Champion, a 28-year old from Whistler, BC, Canada, was vying for her second gold, but was glad to be on the podium. I was hoping to defend my title but it didnt work out that way, said Ricker. But I feel pretty good.
SNOWBOARD SNOWBOARDER X WOMENS
Final Results from Aspen/Snowmass on Saturday, January 27, 2007
Name Bib No. Hometown Time
1. Joanie Anderson 431 South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 1:15.643
2. Lindsey Jacobellis 358 Stratton, Vt. 1:11.040
3. Maelle Ricker 444 Whistler, BC, Canada 1:11.321
4. Jordan Karlinski 440 Snowmass, Colo. 1:15.306
5. Helene Olafsen 448 Oppegard, Norway 1:15.810
6. Tanja Frieden 436 Thun, Switzerland 1:10.285
7. Zoe Gillings 437 Ronague, Isle of Man, Great Britain 1:14.546
8. Mellie Francon 434 La Chaux-De Francis, Switzerland 1:11.107
9. Sandra Frei 435 Flims, Switzerland 1:12.418
10. Deborah Anthonioz 432 Les Gets, France 1:12.096
11. Erin Simmons 445 West Vancouver, BC, Canada 1:11.988
12. Callan Chythlook-Sifsof 433 Dillingham, Alaska 1:11.113
13. Marni Yamada 447 Seattle, Wash. 1:18.030
14. Leslee Olson-Schader 443 Portland, Oreg. 1:19.564
15. Lynn Ott 449 Bend, Oreg. 1:20.044
16. Kirsten Harris 438 Olympic Valley, Calif. 1:20.654
17. Lindsey Telling 446 Edwards, Colo. 1:21.474
18. Dena Melinn-Waller 442 Lake Tahoe, Calif. 1:21.817