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Jacobellis fails to medal in Pyeongchang

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32-year-old American Lindsey Jacobellis  had the lead in the final of women's snowboardcross Friday, one day short of 12 years after she cemented her name in Olympic lore as the showboat snowboarder who gave away a victory near the finish line because she started celebrating too soon.

This loss was more straightforward.

Jacobellis raced to an early lead on a course where it's better to use the draft from other riders and slingshot past them. She got passed by the eventual winner, Italy's Michela Moioli, on a curve about halfway down the course. She got pushed to the side and raced the rest of the course all alone. Without a drafting partner, she could not make up ground, and ended up finishing fourth -- behind silver medalist Julia Pereira de Sousa Mablieau of France, and .03 seconds back of Eva Samkova, who slid across the finish and now has a bronze to go with her 2014 gold.

"I mean, I could be upset about it, but where is that going to get me?" Jacobellis said. "Anything can happen in boardercross, and I didn't get injured today. The fact I'm still walking out of here is great."

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