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Tuesday, February 21

Lindsey Jacobellis Is A Show-Off


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.

9 Comments:

Nice post about one of the GREATEST SPORTS TRAGEDIES OF ALL TIME!*

*Actual quote from Jimmy Roberts of NBC after the Jacobellis incident

By Blogger tall 1, at 10:34 PM  

It's also a great comparison you got there... between the fuck up and the double-sided cock up.

By Blogger Kelly, at 10:34 PM  

you bring up a good point here. if she had stuck it her victory would have been memorable, and maybe talked about for longer than just a week after the olympics.

By Blogger Benson, at 11:46 PM  

It was actually a Swiss snowboarder who passed Jacobellis at the end. So, it's at least a little less treasonous. :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:44 AM  

I watched in amazement as the media immediately jumped on Lindsey’s case for falling at the finish line. She fell—big deal. Let them talk who have never fallen. Her life is more than snowboarding.

I’m proud of Lindsey for being there, for making the effort to be the best. She, along with the other Olympic athletes, inspires me in my small way to put forth my daily best regardless of the outcome. The Olympics is a celebration of the human spirit to never give up. Lindsey is part of that tradition.

By Blogger hourclub_04, at 8:44 AM  

A feminine itch!!!!!!!

By Blogger belligerent mother, at 9:33 AM  

I'm going to make a poster of the fall and hang it up in my room. I just need to find the perfect inspirational quote to print across the bottom. Ideas?

By Anonymous Leah, at 11:10 AM  

Obviously, the quote would have to be "There's worse things than losing . . . There's losing to the Swiss."

By Blogger the belligerent intellectual, at 3:08 PM  

as a friend of lindsey's i would have to say all of you just watch in 4 years she will come back to rock your socks off..and Destroy the competition....all you making fun she made it to the olympics and is still not even 21. So there!!

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