Mixed Team Snowboard Cross

‘Biggest Surprise of the Night:' Team USA Wins Gold in Mixed Team Snowboard Cross

USA's Nick Baumgartner (2nd L) holds his national flag with USA's Lindsey Jacobellis (L) after winning the snowboard mixed team cross big final during the 2022 Winter Olympics at the Genting Snow Park P & X Stadium in Zhangjiakou, China on Feb. 12, 2022.
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Team USA's Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner made history Friday night as they won the first-ever gold medal in the Olympic debut of Mixed Team Snowboard Cross.

Baumgartner finished first during the men's heat and Jacobellis sealed the win finishing first as well, giving Jacobellis her second snowboard cross gold and Baumgartner his first Olympic medal.

For Baumgartner, the oldest U.S. Olympian in Beijing at 40, achieving gold was especially emotional.

Baumgartner was downright heartbroken after his quarterfinal elimination in snowboard cross earlier this week.

"I'm running out of chances," he said. "I got so much support back home and I feel like I let them down. This one stinks. This one hurts. I just feel bad."

When asked about his plans going forward, he said "I ain't stopping on this. I've gotta do something better to end with."

Following their big win, Baumgartner and Jacobellis embraced each other in what was a rather touching moment.

NBC’s Craig Melvin called their accomplishment the “biggest surprise of the night.”

Expressing his excitement, Baumgartner delivered a message to his son: "Landon, we're bringing it home."

And that wasn't all he had to say.

"These tears are so much better than the other day," he added.

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