Bob Costas, who was just happy to have something compelling to talk about, feasted on this story like Lindsey had just tested positive for steroids while charging the stands at an NBA game. Jacobellis was leading in the Snowboard Cross right up until the final jump where she got a little fancy, throwing in an unnecessary trick, and promptly fell on her ass as the French rider passed her to win gold.
Maybe she thought style points counted, maybe she had a feminine itch, maybe she thought that because her last name sounds like two distinguished men’s names put together that the race wasn’t actually over when she crossed the finish line but rather when she was done showing off. Maybe she should have thought more about her Visa check card being stolen.
Regardless, I think it was the right thing to do. You stick that method air and land smoothly to win gold and that’s the poster girls hang in their rooms in Colorado and Vermont for the next decade. Somehow, that little board kick probably earns you an extra million dollars. Is it a gamble? Sure. But it’s also a gamble to never live up to your potential like I did – to never get your chance to show the world that you could have been a champion moguls skier. Actually, that’s not so much a gamble as it is a failure. So at least she took a gamble instead of failing outright.
Although I did have a similar experience at work once. I was trying to impress my boss, so I set the copy machine to collate AND staple the two-page memo he asked for. Little did I know they were supposed to be copied front and back! So don’t worry Lindsey, we all make mistakes when we try and do too much.