Wednesday, March 1, 2023, saw the Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Cross event at the 2023 Freestyle World Championships.
Team USA consisted of Lindsey Jacobellis, Faye Guilini, Brianna Schnorrbusch and Stacy Gaskill on the women’s side and Jake Vedder, Nick Baumgartner, Mick Dierdorff, and Senna Leith on the men’s side.
All four women and all four men qualified for the brackets. Faye Guilini made it to the Quarter Finals, finishing in 9th place overall while Stacy Gaskill came overall 13th and Brianna Schnorrbusch made it to the Eight Finals and finished in overall 17th place. Lindsey Jacobellis qualified all the way through to the Big Final, but was beaten by Eva Adamczykova from Czechia, who won Gold and Australia’s Josie Baff who won Silver. The Czech snowboarder sported her traditional lucky mustache, which she has been wearing for more than a decade.
37-year-old Jacobellis is the most successful Snowboard cross athlete of all time, having won the World Championships a total of five times. She also won Gold at the 2022 Beijing Olympics in the mixed team together with Nick Baumgartner.
Unfortunately, her male teammate Baumgartner did not qualify past the Quarter Finals and had to settle for 9th alongside his teammate Senna Leith. Jake Vedder and Mick Dierdorff came 17th overall after each coming fourth in their Eight Finals.
Thursday, March 2, 2023, saw the Mixed Team Snowboard Cross and while Baumgartner and Jacobellis had made it through to the Big Final, the team, unfortunately, could not recreate their magic from the Olympics and were defeated by the teams from the UK, Austria, and France, who came first, second, and third respectively. The mixed team of Senna Leith and Faye Gulini finished in 7th overall.