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Olympic gold eludes U.S. snowboarder Jacobellis

Friday, May 9, 2014
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Lindsey Jacobellis was born August 19th, 1985, in Danbury, Connecticut. Her older brother Benny introduced snowboarding to Lindsey in 1996. She started snowboard racing when she was only 11 at Stratton Mountain, and by the age of 15, she got invited to the X Games and got 20th place for women’s snowboarder X. Then again in 2002, she was in 21st place. She was also Junior World’s SBX Champ in 2002. In 2003 Lindsey tried for the women’s snowboard superpipe, titled in the X Games and came in 4th place, but won bronze at the X Games for slopestyle. Then she won 1st place for women’s snowboarder X in the X Games, also in 2003. Then again she won 1st at women’s snowboarder X in 2004, 2005, 2008-2001, and 2014. That made Lindsey the winner of the most Winter X Games in female history. Lindsey is known to be competitive, but also known for loving her sport.

Lindsey had won every stage to get to the 2006 Olympics in Torino, but when she was in the Olympic snowboard cross finals, she tried to show off with a back-side method when she had a 50-yard lead, resulting in her losing her edge and tumbling into the snow. While she was trying to stand up and get back in the race, Tanja Frieden of Switzerland passed her, but Lindsey still ended up getting silver.

Lindsey then added another World Championship to her collection in 2007. Then in 2009 she won back-to-back-to-back Winter X Games gold medals and some World Cup titles so she could bolt out her fall in the 2006 Olympics.

Lindsey then went on her way to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, where she fell again in the women’s snowboard cross. She ended up finishing 5th overall in her second Olympics.

Now in these past 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia, Lindsey tried to redeem herself. She had a big lead once again, but only in the semifinals when she was cruising through the snowboard cross field. She won every stage up to the 2014 Olympics. She then took a big spill, where she spoiled her chance for capturing a gold medal in her third Olympic games at the age of 28.

After Lindsey’s race in her 3rd Olympics she said, “Of course, it’s very unfortunate that this didn’t work out for me. ...You can take it in stride. A lot of people can say what they want, put as many opinions out there... that’s fine. It’s not really going to affect how I view myself and how I look at my past resume.”

 
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