Snowboardcross: Did Lindsey Jacobellis Lose by Showboating?

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Snowboardcross: Did Lindsey Jacobellis Lose by Showboating?

Postby GraysOnTrays » Sat Feb 18, 2006 11:53 am

Jacobellis drew attention to her sport, but couldn't win the race
ESPN
Feb. 18, 2006

BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- Lindsey Jacobellis won over legions of fans and promoters to the new Olympic sport of snowboardcross.

What she didn't do was win the race. She lost it -- in astonishing fashion -- a jaw-dropping collapse that will go down as one of the most unforgettable moments of the 2006 Winter Games.

The famous, articulate, endorsement-rich 20-year-old American pulled a flamboyant -- but unnecessary -- "backside method grab" on the second-to-last jump on the course then crashed.

More:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?sec ... id=2334798

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