ESPN screen grab from Sunday in Aspen.
Lindsey Jacobellis is the American Olympian who sometimes calls SoCal home and who has been an unofficial LA Observed favorite ever since getting some shoddy media treatment after she fell hot-dogging at the Torino Olympics in 2006, settling for a silver medal, then failed to medal in Vancouver in 2010. After columnist Bill Plaschke of the LA Times ripped Jacobellis, Jon Weisman of ESPN spoke for a lot of us: "Lindsey Jacobellis is my new role model. She threw herself into competition at a level few of us could possibly emulate, sacrificed so that she might be the best, and when that failed to yield the ultimate prize, instead of curling up in the fetal position, she had the self-esteem and presence of mind to appreciate the greatness of the effort and the joy of what she was part of, win or lose. I want my kids to be like her."
Jacobellis went to the Sochi Olympics too and is still snowboarding at the top of her sport. At Aspen on Sunday, she won her 10th X Games gold medal — that's more than any woman in the history of those games, a record she already held. By the way, Jacobellis just turned 30.
Exciting race to watch — Jacobellis is in green — plus she is interviewed at the end: