Vermont-based rider Jackie Hernandez made her first Olympic snowboardcross team in 2014 and will be back in 2015 to pick up where she left off. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)
Faye Gulini (right) rode to fourth after a heartbreaking crash forced Lindsey Jacobellis out of the big final and into seventh on Sunday at the snowboardcross event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Seven snowboardcross athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, have been nominated to the 2014 Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding)
Lindsey Jacobellis (blue bib) closed out the Olympic selection period for snowboardcross with a third-place finish in the FIS Snowboard World Cup Sunday in Vallnord.
U.S. Snowboarding athlete Jackie Hernandez finished sixth during the snowboardcross World Cup season opener on Saturday in Montafon, Austria, while Olympic medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (pictured) finished seventh in her first race in nearly two years.
This year, a group of athletes moved Thanksgiving up to celebrate with their friends before the competition season kicked off. (Photo: Noah Hoffman)
Nick Baumgartner rode to third in a FIS Snowboard World Cup SBX in Blue Mountain.
U.S. Snowboarding’s top snowboardcross athletes, including Seth Wescott, Nate Holland and Lindsey Jacobellis began on-snow preparation for the upcoming World Championship season.
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The winter of 2012 was truly a breakout season for young snowboardcross rider Jackie Hernandez, as she won six out of the eight Nor-Ams she entered. She then quickly climbed the ranks of the World Cup circuit, ending with an impressive win at the final World Cup of the season in Valmalenco, Italy. That was enough for U.S. Snowboarding to snatch her up for the 2013 season.
Hernandez’s first year on the team went very well, as she advanced to a majority of the season’s snowboardcross finals and took eighth at the Blue Mountain World Cup. Unfortunately, at the Canyons Grand Prix in March 2013 she took a spill and injured her arm.
She was all fixed up in time for the 2014 season and came out swinging as the top American, taking sixth at the World Cup opener in Montafon, Austria. Another top-10 finish at Vallnord, Andorra secured her a spot on her first Olympic team. A hard fall in Sochi during time trials sidelined Hernandez for the rest of the season, but she’ll be back in 2015 to pick up where she left off.
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