Clearly at the top of his game, Alex Deibold takes in the view from the top after winning a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)
Alex Deibold, Nick Baumgartner, Nate Holland, Faye Gulini and Lindsey Jacobellis all qualified into Friday’s snowboardcross FIS World Championships finals.
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Trevor Jacob rode to his career first snowboardcross victory Saturday in the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Vallnord, putting him in prime position to make the Olympic team with just a month to go before Sochi.
Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) made her over-due return to the podium Saturday with her first snowboardcross World Cup victory in nearly two years in Lake Louise.
Seven-time X Games gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis teamed up with Olympian Callan Chythlook-Sifsof to mount a joint comeback, taking second in the women’s team World Cup in Montafon on Sunday.
Snowboardcross athlete and this month's Athlete of the Month Alex Deibold has already found the podium in Sochi during the World Cup season. Can he do it again? (Photo © Oliver Kraus/FIS)
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Olympian Alex Deibold is as comfortable in the halfpipe as he is on the snowboardcross course, but when he took fourth at a Grand Prix race at Mammoth in 2004, the Stratton Mountain School grad stamped his name on the competitive world of SBX. He soon after was invited to join the inaugural U.S. Snowboarding snowboardcross team. According to the man himself, you ride because "snowboarding is fun—and when you compete, you're pushed to improve whether you want to or not.
Deibold continued his competitive rise through 2011, when he pegged down a seventh-place finish on the World Cup and landed a ticket to World Championships. He then broke new ground with a fifth at the Stoneham World Cup and then a fourth-place at the X Games Aspen in 2012.
In February of 2013 Deibold made the breakthrough he was looking for. He placed second at the FIS World Cup on the Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia, snagging his first World Cup podium. Overall, the 2013 World Cup season saw Deibold advance to finals at four out of five events, despite a deep field of competitors.
In 2014 Deibold continued his steady upward progress, earning his second career World Cup podium, a third place in Lake Louise, which effectively secured his ticket to Sochi. Once at the Rosa Khutor Olympic venue, Deibold attacked each heat with steady, solid racing and advanced all the way to the medal round, where he landed on the podium and brought home an Olympic bronze medal.
For me, just making the Olympic team was a huge accomplishment. I worked so hard to get there and then to win a medal was a dream come true. All the hard work and planning paid off.
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