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Friday, February 17, 2006

Americans continue choke job

Fresh off Johnny Weir's debacle Thursday, Friday it was the women's hockey team and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis chance to embarrass themselves.

The hockey team built an early 2-0 lead then watched things fall apart when Sweden rallied for a 3-2 victory in a shootout. The result was astonishing. Canada held up its end of the bargain for the gold medal rematch with the United States, but the talented bunch overlooked the Swedes dearly.

A different type of choke job, one that is just plain unacceptable, Jacobellis was well clear of her competition in the snowboard cross when she decided to showboat.

The 20-year-old American grabbed her board on the second-to-last jump before the finish line. Inexplicably -- and some say inexcusably -- she fell.

"I was caught up in the moment," Jacobellis said.

Jacobellis is the type of athlete that the United States has become flooded with -- young, arrogant and completely unaware of what the Olympics are all about. Not surprising though, considering this sport is a glorified X Games. Love the X Games, but the Olympics actually have a history and mean something.

The way these Olympics are going, I can't wait to see what the women's figure skating will bring. In the men's hockey, the only good thing is the fact the Americans aren't favored, so it will be tough to disappoint there. Unless the hotel rooms get trashed again.


Blogger Jason Pugh said...

Now we can all wait until the men's 1,000 speedskating when U.S. teammates Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick race. The only choke job coming in that race will come when Davis and Hedrick get near each other. Well at least we'll have some bad blood to keep an eye on.

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