Lindsey Jacobellis - Snowboarder
Lindsey Jacobellis, U. S. Olympian
Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis endured a great deal of disappointment in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, but she is still one of the most successful women's snowboarders currently active in the world today. Lindsey has also teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to help bring exposure to their cause.
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In Torino, Jacobellis authored one of the 2006 Games' most unforgettable (and unfortunate) moments. Holding a seemingly insurmountable lead during the latter part of the women's snowboard cross final, she attempted a trick on the last jump, only to fall and watch Switzerland's Tanja Frieden pass her for first place. Though Jacobellis was widely scrutinized for her second-place finish, she has still found a way to remember Torino in a fond light. "Not many people know, but remembering that race, I almost went out in the first round. And I almost didn't make it into the next round, and I wouldn't even have been in consolation," she recalls. "So I look back and say that I still made it to finals and I still got a medal and that is good enough for me, and it keeps me hungry for the next race." Despite the circumstances surrounding it, Jacobellis' silver medal from Torino remains a source of pride, and is displayed on the mantle at her family's home in Vermont.
In recent years, Jacobellis has become involved with charitable causes involving animals through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). In addition to donating to the organization, she has also become involved with the organization's publicity efforts, including attending a young donors' red carpet event held in New York.
As a two-time world champion and a two-time World Cup champion, Lindsey Jacobellis has dominated the snowboard cross. However, there is one title she doesn't yet have - Olympic champion. Now Jacobellis is back for her second Olympics, looking to grab the gold that escaped her in 2006.
Lindsey Jacobellis' Vancouver 2010 Olympic results
Date------------ Round--------- Result
02/16 Women's Snowboard Cross Semifinal 2 DSQ
02/16 Women's Snowboard Cross Quarterfinal 4 (1st)
02/16 Women's Snowboard Cross Qualification Run 1 1:26.13 (2nd)
02/16 Women's Snowboard Cross Qualification Run 2 1:25.41 (2nd)
Lindsey Jacobellis fails to reach snowboard cross final; Canadian Maelle Ricker wins gold medal
American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, who lost out on gold in 2006 when she crashed after showing off at the end of the run, was eliminated in the women's snowboard cross semifinals Tuesday afternoon at Cypress Mountain. Canada's Maelle Ricker went on to win the gold medal in the Vancouver 2010 Olympiad.
Ricker, who came to Vancouver as the leader in the World Cup standings this winter, easily outdistanced the field. France's Deborah Anthonioz ended up with the silver medal, while Olivia Nobs of Switzerland took bronze.
Jacobellis, who went on to win the consolation race Tuesday afternoon to finish in fifth place overall, went off course in her semifinal heat. She and Ricker were the favorites to advance out of the semifinal round, but as the two were jockeying for position at the front, Jacobellis lost her balance and went outside of a gate, leading to a disqualification.
Four years ago in Olympic finals at Turin, Italy, Jacobellis had a sizable lead going over the final jump on the course when she performed a stunt by grabbing her board. She crashed as she landed, quickly getting up to finish second.