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I think that Israel’s issue was the same as olympian Lindsey Jacobellis. First-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. distinguished herself as the top women’s rider in snowboard cross over the past two seasons. And she appeared to be the best rider in the Olympic debut of her sport at the 2006 Games. Jacobellis had a sizable lead in the final race of the competition last week, and so decided to attempt a flashy grab move as she sailed over the last jump of the course. As she landed, however, her board caught an edge and she skidded down the hill on her back. While Jacobellis scrambled to get back on the course, Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden passed by and crossed the finish line first to claim the gold. Jacobellis settled for silver. What is the issue? She got excited. She got carried away. She was having fun. Perhaps she took her eyes off the finish line and the goal. Perhaps it was a little bit of pride.

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