At 36- and 40-years old, respectively, Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner proved age is just a number as they won the gold medal in the first-ever mixed team snowboardcross final at the 2022 Olympics.
With snow falling, Jacobellis, a former Westminster College student, collected her second gold medal of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Baumgartner, who is the oldest snowboarder in U.S. Olympic history, won his first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Baumgartner went first, finishing in first place, giving Jacobellis a head start of 0.04 seconds in her race.
Then, it was all up to Jacobellis.
Jacobellis was in third place for much of the first half of the race. She was able to move into second place off of a jump.
Two of the four competitors behind her — Canada’s Meryeta O’Dine and Italy’s Caterina Carpano — crashed into each other off the jump, making it a two-person race for gold.
Jacobellis was able to pass Italy’s Michela Moioli — Italy had two of the four teams in the final — on the second-to-last turn of the course. Jacobellis finished 0.20 seconds ahead of Moioli for the gold medal.
Baumgartner ran to meet Jacobellis at the finish line, embracing her, as she delivered the team the gold.
Jacobellis won gold in women’s snowboardcross on Wednesday, her first-ever Olympic gold medal.