Lindsey Jacobellis again had a big lead and again the successful American snowboarder took a big spill, ruining her chances for the elusive gold medal at the Olympics.
Jacobellis, who was seconds away from a victory at the Turin Games when a botched trick spoiled her race, was riding strong from the very start of Sunday’s snowboard cross semifinal and breezed to a big lead. But about three-quarters of the way through the course, she lost her balance coming off a small jump and took a fall, crushing her gold medal hopes.
“There’s worse things in life than not winning. A lot worse,” said Jacobellis, who was competing in her third Winter Games. “Of course, it’s very unfortunate that this didn’t work out for me. I trained very hard for this moment. It just doesn’t come together for who knows what reason. You can take it in stride. A lot of people can say what they want, put as many opinions out there … that’s fine. It’s not really going to affect how I view myself and how I look at my past resume.”
But it seems the snowboarder has found a way to console herself, adopting one of the many stray dogs in Sochi. American teammate Holly Brooks tweeted a photo Monday of Jacobellis with her new best friend.
Jacobellis isn’t the first American to add a stray dog to their collection of Sochi souvenirs. Freeskier Gus Kenworthy is taking home a whole family of strays.
St. Louis Blues captain David Backes flew to Sochi to help rescue strays (and cheer on Blues teammate T.J. Oshie).
American women’s hockey star Kelli Stack is interested in bringing a stray home too, tweeting “I’ll have to ask @guskenworthy how he plans on getting the dogs home! #SochiStrays.”
It almost seems like Oprah has descended on Sochi and is telling everyone “You get a dog and you get a dog and you get a dog.” There are still five days left before the Games end, plenty of time for more Olympians to adopt.