Olympic Moment: Heartbreak Again for Jacobellis, Redemption for Ricker


Another Winter Olympics, another disappointment for Lindsey Jacobellis.


Four years after losing the snowboardcross gold with a showboating move, the American was supposed to turn her 2006 Olympic silver medal into gold and silence her critics once and for all. Only she never got the chance.


Overshooting a jump early in the semifinals Tuesday, Jacobellis landed awkwardly and spun into a gate, disqualifying herself.


Canadian Maelle Ricker went on to win the gold, followed by France's Deborah Anthonioz and bronze medalist Olivia Nobs of Switzerland.


After throwing her hands in the air and grabbing her helmet, Jacobellis rode down the rest of the course. She later won the B final, little consolation for the 24-year-old.


In the unpredictable, fast-and-furious world of snowboardcross, Jacobellis has been the one constant for nearly a decade, dominating the sport with more World Cup and Winter X Games titles than any other racer. The only prize that has eluded her is Olympic gold, which was all but within her grasp in Torino until a stylish method grab on her snowboard off the penultimate jump caused her to lose her balance and fall.


Instead, it was redemption for Ricker, 31, and Canada. Ricker, who also crashed in the Torino final and ended up with a concussion, won her country's second gold of the games, a day after Jacobellis' teammate, Seth Wescott, nipped her compatriot, Mike Robertson, for the men's title.


Other winners included Korea's Lee Sang-Hwa in the women's 500-meter long track, Germany's Tatjana Huefner in the women's luge, Sweden's Bjorn Ferry in the men's 12.5-km pursuit and Germany's Magdalena Neuner in the women's 10-km pursuit.


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