Seth Wescott won gold in Monday's Men's Snowboard Cross, which by itself isn't all that surprising, considering he also won gold in 2006. But considering his past two months -- Wescott has been battling both a knee and shoulder injury -- and today's performance in qualifying -- was 17th out of 32 riders -- his win was pretty remarkable.
Heading into the last half of Monday's final, the 33-year-old from Maine was barely within shouting distance of Canadian Mike Robertson. Then, out of nowhere, he closed the gap, overtook the Canadian and held him off at the finish to take the gold medal - his second straight and America's second of these Winter Olympics. [...]
Wescott made up the distance over a series of five consecutive jumps that can sap speed if not executed correctly. The crowd, about half Canadian and half American, gasped and cheered. Wescott crossed the line first and fell to the ground, then draped the stars and stripes across his shoulders.