A gold medal eluded former Roxburian Lindsey Jacobellis this week for a second straight Winter Olympics Games.

The 24-year-old Stratton, Vt. resident, who grew up in Roxbury and attended Region 12 schools, bowed out of women's snowboard cross competition Tuesday in the semifinals when she caught an edge on her board, lost her balance and veered from the course.

She bounced back to claim victory in an ensuing consolation race to finish in fifth place.

The favorite in her event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Ms. Jacobellis was hoping this week to earn a gold medal after a late-race showboating move had cost her the top spot on the podium in 2006 in Torino, Italy.

"It's unfortunate that the rest of the world sees just this race and four years ago," Ms. Jacobellis said during a post-race press conference. "I don't have a good track record with the general public. But I know, with myself, there's so many things I've accomplished."

Ms. Jacobellis has won two world championships in her specialty and six of the past seven Winter X Games titles.

"When people think of boardercross," she reflected, "they think of me as one of the top women athletes. I feel like that's a great accomplishment."

-- Norm Cummings