Nate Holland earns seventh X Games snowboard gold
Olympians Nate Holland of Squaw Valley and Lindsey Jacobellis both took snowboardcross gold at the Winter X Games Aspen last week, less than two weeks before heading to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
It was Holland’s seventh X Games gold medal, and came after a serious shoulder injury earlier this season. He was nominated to the U.S. Olympic team on Saturday.
“This year has gone up and down for me so much with the broken collarbone and Olympic qualifiers. I scratched my way into the Olympics,” Holland said. “It’s just really been a year of adversity and I’m just so stoked to overcome that. I’m on the right path right now and it’s given me so much confidence for Sochi. Another X Games gold…I can’t believe it.”
Jacobellis also reeled in her eighth X Games gold, making her the winningest woman in X Games history after spending two seasons recovering from knee injuries.
“For the last two years, what I’ve been through, it’s like the icing on the cake,” Jacobellis said. “I have the best confidence I could have going into Sochi. I feel great right now.
In the men’s final, Alex Tuttle took silver and German Konstantin Schad bronze. Czech rider Eva Samkova earned silver in the women’s final while Helene Olafsen earned bronze.
The snowboardcross returned this year after being left out of the 2013 Winter X Games.