2014 Winter Olympics

Olympic Snowboarding 2014: Schedule, TV Info, Medal Predictions for Day 9

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 24:  Lindsey Jacobellis (R) of the United States races for the lead with Maelle Ricker of Canada (L) in their semifinal heat of the women's Snowboarder X during Winter X-Games 2014 Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain on January 24, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. Jacobellis went on to win the final and the gold medal. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2014

Day 9 at the 2014 Winter Olympics brings the return of snowboarding in the form of the women’s snowboard cross. 

The United States has been hanging in the race at the top of the medal count standings largely because of its impressive showing in snowboarding, even though superstar Shaun White disappointed with a fourth-place finish.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis walks out with the United States Olympic team during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Pascal Le Seg
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Sunday’s snowboard cross gives Lindsey Jacobellis a chance to win the elusive gold medal that has escaped her grasp ever since a high-profile crash at the 2006 Games in Torino.

Here is a look at the schedule and broadcast information for Jacobellis’ pursuit of gold:

 

Women’s Snowboard Cross Seeding

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16 

Time: 2 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. Sochi time and 7 a.m. GMT

TV Broadcast: NBC at 3 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcasts) and BBC at 7 a.m. GMT

 

Women’s Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Time: 4:15 a.m. ET, 1:15 p.m. Sochi time and 9:15 a.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC at 3 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcasts) and BBC at 9:15 a.m. GMT

 

Women’s Snowboard Cross Semifinals

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Time: 4:30 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. Sochi time and 9:30 a.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC at 3 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcasts) and BBC at 9:30 a.m. GMT

 

Women’s Snowboard Cross Finals

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Time: 4:45 a.m. ET, 1:45 p.m. Sochi time and 9:45 a.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC at 3 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcasts) and BBC at 9:45 a.m. GMT

 

So, will Jacobellis come through? Who will join her on the podium? 

Let’s dig into some medal predictions.

 

Medal Predictions

Dominique Maltais, Canada: Gold medal

Lindsey Jacobellis, United States: Silver medal 

Maelle Ricker, Canada: Bronze medal

 

American Jacobellis is certainly on the short list of medal contenders in Sochi, but she isn’t the dominant force she was heading to the Torino Olympics in 2006.

She held a commanding lead in the final run there, but elected to attempt a trick in the air on the final jump before the finish line. Her crash landing forced her to settle for silver and instantly became one of the most memorable moments of the entire Games.

It was one of the rare times where a silver medal at the Olympics legitimately was a heartbreaking result.

Many competitors would have allowed an error like that to define their career, but Jacobellis had a positive spin on it when talking to Shawn Smith of NBCOlympics.com:

My silver has made me the racer I am today. I know if I won the gold, then I definitely would have quit, because I wasn’t having as much fun racing boarder cross then…If I had quit, I would have given up on a lot more titles and not be pushing the women’s field, and it might not be where it is today.

It would seem like poetic justice for Jacobellis, who tore her ACL in 2012 at the X Games, to win the gold in Sochi, but she will have to settle for silver again.

That is because Dominique Maltais of Canada, who happened to win the bronze medal at that fateful race in Torino, will capture the gold.

She currently sits atop the World Cup rankings by a sizable margin and incredibly hasn’t finished in anything worse than second place in any of the season’s four World Cup events.

LAKE LOUISE, CANADA - DECEMBER 21: Dominique Maltais of Canada celebrates her second place finish during the women's finals at the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup December 21, 2013 in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)
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Much like Jacobellis, Maltais will be looking for some redemption from a heartbreaking Olympic fall.

In the 2010 Games in front of her home fans in Vancouver, Maltais experienced a nasty crash in a training run right before the snowboard cross was scheduled to start. Maltais tried to race through a collapsed lung but didn’t qualify for the elimination heats.

It will be Maltais’ teammate from Canada who takes home the third and final medal on Sunday.

Canadian Maelle Ricker won the gold medal in the Vancouver event after Maltais failed to qualify. It is never easy to knock a defending Olympic champion off his or her perch—even one recovering from a broken arm—but that is exactly what Maltais and/or Jacobellis will do in Sochi.

 

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