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Samkova, Dierdorff capture snowboardcross titles at worlds

February 1, 2019
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Eva Samkova, of the Czech Republic, clears a jump in the women's Snowboard Cross final at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Solitude, Utah. Samkova won the event. (AP Photo/Tyler Tate)

SOLITUDE, Utah (AP) — Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic added a world championship snowboardcross title to her list of accomplishments on a day when favorite Lindsey Jacobellis didn’t advance to the big final.

Samkova beat British rider Charlotte Bankes on Friday in the women’s final, with Michela Moioli of Italy taking third. A five-time winner in the event at worlds, Jacobellis of Stratton Mountain, Vermont, didn’t make it out of the semifinals. She won the small final to take fifth.

The 25-year-old Samkova earned Olympic snowboardcross gold at the 2014 Sochi Games and bronze last February in South Korea when Moioli took first.

In the men’s race at worlds, Mick Dierdorff of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, beat Hanno Douschan of Austria for the title. Italy’s Emanuel Perathoner was third.

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