You Go Girl: LJ and the Silver Medal February 20, 2006
Friday was not a good day. We had to spend the day reading copy from marginally talented basketball and football writers who were all predictably hating on Lindsey Jacobellis. Then later that night at the bar, while watching NBC’s coverage, we had to field obvious questions from an obnoxious barmaid like “Ohmygod… did she just fall!?” and “Was she, like, trying to do a trick?”
Later, we sat and watched in horror as Jimmy Roberts and Bob Costas, hereby known as the Two Assholes In NeckTies, or TAINTs, sat there and soberly dissed Lindsey for bailing at the end of the boardercross due her botched method air attempt.
We have a couple of things to say to Roberts, Costas, and all the other Taints in the world:
Seriously, fuck off. Fucking Taints like you everywhere are never going to be able to understand the fundamental premise of snowboarding. Snowboarding is about two things: freedom and fun. Those of us who have been in this sport for a while signed up because it is an alternative way to enjoy the winter outdoors without dealing with the rigorous structure of skiing.
We like innovating and progressing, but we don’t like practicing. We like to compete, but don’t care as much about winning, as long as we look good. We don’t like the idea of riding like everyone else or looking like everyone else. We chose snowboarding because we are different and we want to express ourselves as such. In doing so, sometimes we fall.
So, when some Taint, who has obviously never crushed a powder turn in his life, tries to claim that Lindsey made a big mistake on Friday night, we are pissed. The simple fact is that throwing down that method air was just about the only reasonable thing for a snowboarder to do under the circumstances. She’s out riding in a race where she is killing the competition and she rolls over the showtime booter surrounded by a huge screaming audience. Obviously, a tweaked out method air is in order. Even a backside 3 would have been legitimate.
The only mistake she made was not stomping the landing. As a veteran freestyler, Lindsey should have landed it clean, and probably would have 99 out of 100 times in the same situation.
But, shit happens, and one thing is pretty certain: There was no error on her part in throwing that method, and we would go out freeriding with Lindsey any day, in any conditions. You rock homegirl — thanks for properly representing and putting on such a great show.