Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
U.S. snowboardcross athlete shows off before finish line and falls
BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) -- Lindsey Jacobellis had the Olympic women's snowboardcross won, and then -- incredibly, inexcusably -- she made one last move on the next-to-last jump and fell.
Snowboarding is about style, though, so Jacobellis decided to show off for the fans in front of the grandstand near the end of her ride. But after she landed from her grab, she caught an edge, then went tumbling outside the blue line. When she recovered, she trailed Frieden over the finish line, then put her hands on her knees and held her palms up.
Jacobellis insisted she wasn't showing off.
"When you grab in boardercross you're trying to get back on the ground as fast as possible," she said. "You try to be stable in the air."
U.S. coach Peter Foley fell onto the ground in disbelief.
He said Jacobellis has always had a tendency to grab her board for stability, but after looking at a frame-by-frame breakdown of the jump shot by Associated Press photos, he conceded Jacobellis probably had gone over the top.
"She definitely styled that a little too hard," he said.
Foley wasn't alone.
"Sometimes it's subconscious, but that was putting on a show," said American Seth Wescott, the men's champion from the day before. "It's one of those things. I did it in my early rides yesterday but you've got to choose your time and make sure you don't miss."
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