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American woman snowboarder hot-dogs her way to the silver medalHilarious
dave submitted an ABC News story about an American woman whose hot-dog move in the womens' snowboarding event cost her the gold.
An Olympic celebration turned into a mountain-sized embarrassment for Lindsey Jacobellis. Coasting to what should have been an easy victory, the American made a hot-dog grab of her board on the second-to-last jump.

It caused her to fall and while she scrambled to her feet, Switzerland's Tanja Frieden sped past and became the first champion in the strange and wild sport of Olympic women's snowboardcross Friday.

Jacobellis won silver, but should have had the gold. She was well, well ahead of Frieden, and the other two women in the four-rider final had fallen long before.

U.S. coach Peter Foley fell onto the ground in disbelief.
Really, this brings about a glaring deficiency in Olympic snowboarding scoring. Snowboarding is all about hot-doggin' it. It's a sport with style - there shouldn't be a penalty for that. If anything there should be minus time awarded for various tricks done off the moguls. So congratulations, Lindsey. Way to not compromise your style and to stick it to that gold medal. Who needs that thing anyways? Everyone knows silver is what's really in. Who determined the scoring anyways, Tightass Mc-NoStyle? What are they going to suggest next, that football players get fined for hot-dogging it?

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    Posted by: dave on Feb 17th, 2006 | 11:57am

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      Posted by: dave on Feb 17th, 2006 | 12:00pm

      Also, actually about this snowboarding thing, I am just happy that calling out people on their hotdogging is back in vogue.

      It reminds me of senior year when we were on the euchre fad for about 2 weeks, and we would hot dog it by saving the winning trick for last.

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        Posted by: niraj on Feb 17th, 2006 | 12:09pm

        I always preferred sand-bagging it in texas hold'em.

        Just found something cool:

        First, the word doesn't derive from the type of sand bags we're all familiar with. It's not the defensive sand bags - those used for flood control, lining foxholes, and so on - but the offensive sand bags that give us the word "sandbagger."

        Gangs and street toughs of the 19th century used sand bags as a weapon of choice. Take a sock or small bag, fill it with sand, wrap it tightly, and wail away on someone (well, don't actually wail away on someone, but imagine that you are) and you'll see how effective a weapon a small sand bag can be.

        Gang members used such weapons to intimidate their foes or average citizens. To threaten and bully the populace.

        This definition of sandbagger - a person who uses a sand bag as a weapon - can still be found in many dictionaries; it's the first definition for the word in most older dictionaries.

        But the word didn't go directly from its gangland origins into golf; there was an intermediary step in its adoption by the sports world, and golf, to mean someone who misrepresents his ability to gain an advantage.

        According to the website, that intermediary step was poker.

        As puts it, the poker meaning "... described a player who held off raising the stakes in order to lull the other players into a false sense of security. The poker sandbagger would pounce late in the game, clobbering the other players with his good hand."

        The poker player, in other words, misled his opponents about how good his hand was ... until it was time to whip out the "sand bag" and beat those same opponents with it.

        And that's how "sandbagger" came to have its golf meaning.

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      Posted by: Anonymous on Feb 20th, 2006 | 03:22pm

      She will lose her endorsements, and a lot of money for her stupid move.

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        Posted by: dave on Feb 21st, 2006 | 10:25am

        What makes this even better is she was THE athlete featured in commercials leading up to the Olympics - Visa started airing months before the games. (

        Ironically, the tv spot shows Jacobellis being nervous about competing, and Visa's security features calming her down. Maybe her Visa got her a little too overconfident. I am sure the entire Visa marketing boardroom shit their pants when they saw the star they had been plugging millions into, fall on her face a few yards from winning gold.

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          Posted by: niraj on Feb 21st, 2006 | 10:45am

          Apparently she made up some excuse like she had to stablize her board because of the wind. Nice try, you're not fooling anybody.

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