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Lindsey Jacobellis shouldn't be remembered as a serial loser but she will be

The US snowboarder doesn’t deserve to be remembered for her failure to win Olympic gold. But deserve, as they say, has nothing to do with it

The redemption arc is one of the most reliable Olympic tropes and there were few juicier ones entering these Winter Games than Lindsey Jacobellis. She is the most decorated athlete in the history of snowboard cross, a woman who has won everything except an Olympic gold medal.

Twelve years ago Jacobellis, as you may recall, was responsible for one of the most infamous gaffes in Olympic history. Five seconds clear of the pack in the first ever Olympic snowboard cross final, she went for a trick on the penultimate jump to punctuate her certain victory, only to eat it on the landing as Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden whizzed past her for the gold.

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Shaun White wins third snowboard halfpipe gold with nerveless final run

  • American puts in brilliant final run to clinch Olympic title
  • Australia’s Scotty James ends with bronze medal
  • White’s victory gives USA its 100th Winter Olympic gold

Shaun White is an Olympic champion for a third time, holding off a pair of much younger rivals to win back the halfpipe title that made him a household name when he captured his first gold medal as a teenager.

The 31-year-old American delivered under pressure with a breathtaking final run for a score of 97.75 to eclipse Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano in a see-saw final on Wednesday morning at the Phoenix Snow Park.

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'Nobody forced you to go down': FIS responds to riders' concern over high winds

  • Gusty conditions blighted women’s slopestyle
  • Several riders expressed anger at decision to hold event

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has dismissed the concerns of snowboarders who complained about treacherous conditions at the women’s slopestyle by telling them that “nobody was forced to go down and compete”.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: day four in Pyeongchang – live!

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Olympic organisers prepare for more disruption as high winds play havoc

  • Women’s super giant slalom pushed back to Thursday
  • Slopestyle final goes ahead in treacherous conditions

Winter Olympics organisers have come under pressure after 30mph crosswinds turned the women’s slopestyle final into a dangerous lottery. While the women’s giant slalom was postponed on Thursday morning because of the weather, the slopestyle was allowed to go ahead – but almost immediately the decision of the decision of the Federation Internationale de Ski came into question when six of the first seven riders crashed.

Only four of the 26 riders completed their first run properly, and things were scarcely better in the second run. The only consolation was that there were no serious injuries.

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‘Radical gains not marginal gains’: meet Team GB’s Big Tricks Dept | Sean Ingle

In their bid to shine at the Winter Olympics Britain’s freestyle skiers and snowboarders are taking a different approach

“People assume we are all crazy adrenaline junkies who have a screw loose,” says Hamish McKnight, smiling wryly as he recounts how Britain’s freestyle skiers and snowboarders – the folk who think nothing of flying 20ft high in the air while spinning furiously like gyroscopes – went from ground zero to having multiple medal chances at the Winter Olympics.

The truth behind the rise of the Big Tricks Department, as McKnight – the coach of GB snowboarding – explains is more intriguing than most British success stories. It involves an airbag the size of an Olympic swimming pool, an unusual reluctance to chase medals and a level of calculation so deep it would impress a chess grandmaster.

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