Winter Games Athletes
One of the most accomplished snowboardcross riders in the world, Jacobellis is in search of the one thing missing from her impressive resume - an Olympic gold medal. Having stormed back from a torn ACL she suffered at the 2012 Winter X Games, the 28-year-old will take another shot for the top of the podium in Sochi when she makes her third Olympic appearance. Jacobellis has put together a long and dominant run at the X Games, starting in 2003 when she won the first of a record eight golds in snowboardcross. In addition, she has 26 World Cup career wins to go with three world championships. Jacobellis infamously ended up with silver in her 2006 Olympic debut after botching a three-second lead by attempting a jump at the end of the race, causing her to fall on the edge of her board. She received a lot of criticism for the stunt, which no doubt cost her gold. Four years later, she came up short again, this time with a fifth-place finish in Vancouver. Jacobellis, who has been featured in several high-profile advertising campaigns, proved she has fully recovered from her knee injury during her X Games victory in January. She heads to Russia looking to solidify her legacy and recapture the medal she let slip through her fingers in Turin eight years ago.