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Sunday, February 19, 2006

an open letter to Lindsey Jacobellis

Lindsey, what were you thinking?

Seriously, you're at the greatest race of your life, way ahead of the competition, gold is on the line. I'd love to know what was going through your head.

Was it your youth that caused you to get sidetracked and make that jump? Was it a way of relieving tension? Perhaps you thought that if you didn't win the gold, they'd leave you alone and let you snowboard in peace?

I don't know why, and I'm still not sure that you know all the reasons why. I saw you just stand there, stunned, after realizing that playfulness cost you the race and the gold medal.

The best thing you can do at this point is forgive yourself, write it off to experience, and don't waste your talent. You'll probably catch some grief from your fellow athletes after they know you're okay about it. Eventually, the press will move on to another subject. In fact, they may already have by now.

There's always new races and prettier medals out there. Hope to see you in four years at the Vancouver games.


  • At 9:29 PM, Blogger Marianne said…

    One time a race car driver drove the whole 500 miles of the race, got into the lead, and then pulled into his pit one lap before the finish because he thought the race was over! You are so right. Because he could laugh about it, it was even better than if he had just won the race.


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