----------------------- -------------------------- Your Ad Here! ------------------------ -----------------------------
Transpack Boot Bag  Flexmeter Wrist Guards Aerofreestyle Mat Snowboard Events Calendar
Azzpadz Rides Of Passage Book Ross Powers Foundation Product Naming Plattekill Mountain Snowboard Wrist Guards Phrakis Boot Rest

Board Shops
Events Covered
Getting In Shape
Guest Book
Link To Us
Media Room
Mountain Resorts
Movies / DVDs
New Boards
Pro Forum
Pro Scoop
Q & A Index
SB Registry
Summer Sports
U S Open
Your Business

Lindsey Jacobellis Treated Harshly by NBC for Snowboard Cross Gaff

Snowboard culture and Olympic culture are at odds.
NBC treated Lindsey Jacobellis too harshly when she grabbed her snowboard Instead of the gold medal at the Olympics Snowboard cross Finals.

lindsey jacobellis with lauren tetonby Lauren Traub Teton

February 19, 2006 --Near the conclusion of the Womenıs Snowboard cross Final, one of the most exciting races of this Olympics with an unprecedented three second lead over her nearest competitor, Lindsey Jacobellis grabbed her board with her hand while flying over the penultimate jump. Exhibiting major style, she pushed her board slightly forward in the air in a "backside method air." Unfortunately she landed badly, on her edge instead of flat on the bottom of the board, and lost her balance tumbling down onto the snow and losing her first place Gold medal finish.

Lindsey cried on the podium as she received her Silver Olympic Medal. She cried from frustration and embarrassment, but is ready to move past this mistake. However NBC sports commentator Bob Costas who interviewed her was relentless in grilling her about whether she was "showboating" with her backside method grab, when she should have been focused on getting over the finish line.

NBC was quick on the trigger in their post-race feature on Lindsey, showing the prepared filmed reel of Dallas Cowboyıs Leon Lett and other sports stars making ridiculous errors in sports. They had that reel ready to roll, and Lindsey Jacobellis was the unfortunate and inappropriate target for them to flaunt their "emergency preparedness." But Lindsey remained as poised and composed as possible and showed the true spirit of a sportsman and a champ during the difficult interview.

She made an honest mistake, like so many other athletes did in this Olympics, including Bode Miller and Apollo Anton Ohno. She is a world Champion snowboard cross rider and the first American rider to win boardercross and halfpipe competitions at the same World Cup in 2004. It was out of line, sensational, and disrespectful for the NBC commentators to deem her "self-congratulatory" and "counting her chickens before they hatched."

Snowboard culture is different than that of other Olympic sports. Terje Haakonsen, one of the greatest snowboarders in the world doesnıt believe that snowboarding should be an Olympic sport, for that very reason. Most snowboard events are not cutthroat competitions like other Olympic sports. Snowboarders will always say "we do it for the fun" just as Lindsey did when asked about her grab in the race.

The Olympic Snowboarders are not even referred to as 'a team' by their governing body, although skiers are. Before major snowboard events, riders are surprisingly relaxed in the starting area before competing. Many of them improvise their routines in the halfpipe to adapt to ever changing surface conditions, unlike in most of the other winter Olympic events. Lindsey, as a champion halfpipe rider, improvised her grab in the race, and landed wrong.

Snowboard cross Olympic Gold winner Seth Wescott said, "the trick she tried is second nature to us. The people who criticize, don't understand the sport at all." Todd Richards said from the announcers booth that if he were in Lindsey's boots and had a chance to do "the most stylish trick in snowboarding" he would have probably gone for it too.

Yes, she may lose mega-bucks in potential endorsement dollars. Yes, perhaps she made a bad decision in the split second she had to decide which hand to grab her board with and what kind of move to pull to stabilize herself in the air. The good news is that she won a Silver Olympic medal, and will become a household name as a snowboard hero. Jacobellis said "I think it's silly for athletes to look at a sport to get better deals and endorsements," Jacobellis said. "They should do it because they enjoy and love it."

Seth Westcott added: "The aesthetic of the sport, the style aspect, is what draws all of us into it. It's in many ways an artistic expression. The freestyle aspect of it is where the soul of the sport lies. It would have been a shame if she didn't go for it."


Lauren Traub Teton is editor and creator of five snowboard websites to serve the snowboard community. She is a snowboard writer and commentator, a member of NASJA and she loves to snowboard.


"Let's Ride!"






Home  | About | Contact  

Send e-mail to

Bookmark this site and check back. New Stuff added often!

only search SnowboardSecrets

Copyright İ 2003 - 2009 All Rights Reserved
This web site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of 
New York State, USA, without regard to its choice of law rules.

This site built and maintained by Sean Mulligan