Friday, February 17, 2006

The agony of self-inflicted defeat

Want a reason to watch the Winter Olympics tonight? Check out what the rest of the world might see as karma smacking a showboating American right in the face.

It seems that grabbing your snowboard while in mid-air, an ill-advised attempt to add a little flair to a victory that was all but assured, is a really bad idea. If you don't believe me, ask Lindsey Jacobellis, who cost herself a gold medal in the women's snowboard cross event with that hot-dogging. (She insists she wasn't showing off, but keeping herself stable.)

Sweaty Men Endeavors has a recap of the event (without the benefit of seeing the gaffe on TV) if you'd like to keep your sports reading in-house.

And if you'd like to read some Olympic analysis from someone who's actually watched, pull up a stool at the Pub of Knowledge.