Sometimes the pressure of a grand competition as the Olympics can be to much for girl of only 20 years old. What looked like a sure win and easy stretch to the finish line turned into disaster as Lindsey Jacobellis has to settle for a silver medal. World champion Jacobellis was well ahead but tried to tweak a snowboard trick, a "backside method grab," off the final jump and fell flat on her bottom. She wasn't able to recover in time and allowed Switzerland's Tanja Frieden to breeze past with arms raised in victory for the golden win.
After the race was done the news press ignored the gold medal winner and rushed to ask Lindsey Jacobellis "what the heck where you thinking?" Lindsey could only state, "I was having fun," Jacobellis said. "Snowboarding is fun. I was ahead. I wanted to share my enthusiasm with the crowd. I messed up. Oh well, it happens."
Jacobellis won silver but should have had the gold. She was well, well ahead of all the other women before showboating and falling flat on her bum. Hopefully this will be a lesson learned and an example to others in the sporting world that you should never raise your hand in victory or tweak a snowboard trick until you cross that finish line and make it 100% official. But for Lidseny Jacobellis she will have many more years of snowboard cross, and many chances to live down the disappointment of being second best.