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... Remember how four years ago in Turin, Italy, Jacobellis blew a gold medal when she attempted a trick on her final jump, eating snow and finishing second? Remember how she was criticized for putting snowboard style ahead of gold-medal substance?
Well, on Tuesday, she finished with another trick, clutching her board during the final jump of her disqualified run, finishing her eventually fifth-place Olympic performance with something called a "truck-driver grab."
Eighteen wheels of defiance.
"Since everyone was waiting for me to come down, they'd be watching, I figured I would have some fun, show them I still have a deep passion for the sport," she said later. "If you haven't snowboarded before, maybe you should, because it's pretty fun."
Fun? The world's most decorated female snowboard cross racer fails to win a gold medal twice in two Olympics and still insists on showing everyone she's having fun?