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Snowboarding at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's Boardercross

Snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Bardonecchia
Date Started: February 17, 2006
Date Finished: February 17, 2006

Gold: SUI Tanja Frieden
Silver: USA Lindsey Jacobellis
Bronze: CAN Dominique Maltais

Summary

A popular snowboarding event, which had been highlighted during ESPN’s X-Games, boardercross consists of several skiers (usually four) competing on the same race course at the same time, in a match racing format. For the Olympics, 23 boarders started, with 16 advancing to the match racing and the quarter-finals. In the match racing, the top two racers in each heat moved on to the next round. The qualifying round consisted of two runs, with the best run of the two used to determine placements. Losing semi-finalists raced off for 5th-8th places, while classification races were also held to determine the 9th-12th places and the 13th-16th places. The heavy favorite in women’s boardercross was American Lindsey Jacobellis, who had won the gold medal in the event at the last three X-Games. She qualified only third, as Canada’s Maëlle Ricker dominated with her second run, leading the qualifying by almost 1½ seconds over her teammate, Dominique Maltais. All three would comfortably advance to the final where they were joined by Swiss boarder Tanja Frieden. In the final, Jacobellis was leading for most of the race, coming to the last jump with a three-second lead over Frieden. But Jacobellis then hot dogged it, going for a twisting grab, and fell. Frieden passed her for the gold medal, but Jacobellis was able to recover for the silver. Jacobellis noted, “Snowboarding is fun. I was having fun.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tanja Frieden 30 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Lindsey Jacobellis 20 United States USA Silver
3 Dominique Maltais 25 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Maëlle Ricker 27 Canada CAN
5 Mellie Francon 24 Switzerland SUI
6 Maria Danielsson 24 Sweden SWE
7 Yuka Fujimori 19 Japan JPN
8 Marie Laissus 28 France FRA
9 Isabel Clark 29 Brazil BRA
10 Déborah Anthonioz 27 France FRA
11 Olivia Nobs 23 Switzerland SUI
12 Katharina Himmler 30 Germany GER
13 Doresia Krings 28 Austria AUT
14 Doris Günther 27 Austria AUT
15 Zoë Gillings 20 Great Britain GBR
16 Karine Ruby 28 France FRA
17 Erin Simmons 29 Canada CAN
18 Carmen Ranigler 29 Italy ITA
19 Dominique Vallée 24 Canada CAN
20 Juliane Bray 30 New Zealand NZL
21 Emily Thomas 32 Australia AUS
22 Aleksandra Zhekova 18 Bulgaria BUL
23 Julie Pomagalski 25 France FRA