Jacobellis bounces back to take World Cup win in Patagonia
Five-time world champion Lindsey Jacobellis bounced back from defeat on Saturday to win the second snowboard cross World Cup in Patagonia.
Having finished second in the first of two consecutive World Cup races across the weekend, America’s Jacobellis crossed the line in a photo finish decision on Cerro Catedral, ahead of 2014 Olympic champion Eva Samkova.
Olympic bronze medallist Chloe Trespeuch completed the podium line-up in third, to follow up her victory on Saturday and see her remain top of the overall World Cup standings.
Jacobellis had successfully fought off an attack from Italy's Michela Moioli, before facing Samkova of the Czech Republic.
The American waited for the perfect opportunity to pass her opponent, and when a turn opened, she wasted no time in stealing the win.
"I feel terrific," said Jacobellis.
"This has been very challenging because the start section is pretty technical and it was hard for me to get moving so I had to rely on my passing skills and the turns and being technical down below.
"It was a fight the whole way down, and I knew they were behind me trying to get the draft. So I tried to fall away whenever I could and not make any mistakes, and I was really happy that it all came together."
In the men's event, two-time world champion Alex Pullin ensured a weekend to remember with back-to-back victories in South America.
The Australian had won the opening World Cup race on Saturday, before repeating his performance on Sunday to take top spot on the podium ahead of Alessandro Haemmerle and Mick Dierdorff - the latter earning a career-first top-three result.
"It's been two days of great racing," said Pullin.
"I felt fast in training, so I knew I should be pretty good today. The first few heats were pretty good, and I was just able to do it again.
"It feels amazing, it's unreal. I couldn't be happier to be honest. It's a perfect way to start the season."