Lindsey Jacobellis Just Won Team USA Its First Gold of the Winter Olympics

On behalf of the country, thank you, Lindsey Jacobellis! The snowboarder just won the United States’ first—and as of this writing, only—gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, placing first in an event called snowboardcross, a racing event. Didn’t know that existed until literally right now, but okay! Wheaties box incoming.

It’s been a long road for Jacobellis, who is now the oldest snowboarder to win a gold (at 36—apparently athletes are on a different timeline than the rest of us) and who has been competing at the highest level for two decades. This is her fifth Olympics, and she previously medaled in the same event a full 16 years ago (the longest gap between medals for any American woman, per ).


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