The 2022 Winter Olympics begin Friday in Beijing, with dozens of New Englanders hoping to grab gold in their respective sports.
Here’s a look at three athletes with New England ties on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team who will be competing in snowboarding events, as well as their Instagram handles in order to follow their journeys on social media.
Lindsey Jacobellis will enter her fifth Olympic Games. She won silver during the inaugural snowboardcross at Turin, Italy in 2006, a race made more notable by her decision to celebrate in the final moments of her run. She fell and surrendered the gold medal to Tanja Frieden of Switzerland.
Jacobellis was in the development years of boardercross and grew up boarding in the unofficial Eastern mecca of the sport, Stratton Mountain. @lindseyjacobellis
Alex Deibold, 34, of Manchester, Vt., was named to the Olympic team, but had to bow out of Beijing this week after suffering a head injury at a snowboardcross event at Cortina d’Ampezzo over the weekend.
“While I’m grateful to know I’ll have a full recovery in the long run, I am obviously heartbroken to miss the Games,” Deibold said. “I feel pretty lucky to have all this medical staff helping me recover so quickly.”
Deibold graduated from Stratton Mountain School in 2014. He won bronze in snowboardcross at Sochi in 2014. @adeibold
Julia Marino is is a seven-time X Games medalist and 2018 Olympian from Westport, Conn. She is 24 years old and has the unique accomplishment of winning the big-air competition at Fenway Park in 2016. @_juliamarino