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When Showboating Goes Wrong

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I am now an authority on snowboard cross. Yesterday’s women’s competition was an exercise in not falling over, a discipline which seemed beyond most participants. It came across from Vancouver like an extended sequence from You’ve Been Framed. My favourite entry was the wretched woman whose Olympic dreams evaporated when she failed to leap off with enough momentum to slide up the first incline and ended up hopping off the course seconds after she had started. Because of the binding onto the board, any competitor with the misfortune of slipping over is compelled to jump along with the same deranged motion as a sack race entrant.

One of the more dramatic of these incidents involved Lindsey Jacobellis, who lost her bearings on the way down and succeeded in obliterating one of the control gates. The race organisers take a dim view of this, those gates cost a lot to replace after all, and she was disqualified. Jacobellis was one of the pre-race favourites, but her previous Olympic form may have been a reason to put your pocket money elsewhere:

So Jacobellis fell within metres of the gold medal because she was attempting what is known in the trade as a grab or as I like to call it, showing off. In the immediate aftermath Jacobellis claimed that she performed the manoeuvre in order to gain balance. Which is a little bit like a drunkard explaining that he drove his car home to avoid the dangers of the bus.

Subsequently, Jacobellis revised her opinion and admitted that “snowboarding is fun; I was having fun.”  Which would be quite admirable, except I can’t imagine being asked the same question about her erratic showboating ever since is all that fun.


Written by harrisharrison

February 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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  1. Woo hoo Kevin Pietersen is back in nick. Fantastic news for the England team. On this form he is a world beater, again.

    Norris Holda

    March 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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