I am a fan of ski racing. I will get up in the middle of the night to watch events on the intenet or US sports channel. I am really enjoying the success of the US team at the olympics. I am finding the NBC coverage really annoyiong. They seem more intent on the Cute little flash to lifestyle stories than the skiing. The building of a rivalry between Vonn and Mancuso over the last couple days is just stupid. Mancuso got screwed yesterday, but it wasn't Vonns fault. It is an individual sport where the team provides the constant for training and funding. The idea that Vonn should have waited to watch Mancuso is laughable. I am venting, but just hope these ladies don't get sucked into the NBC efforts to make skiing ice dancing.
It is awesome to see Mancuso on the podium. It's been four years, what a big event stud. It is awesome to see Bode being Bode. I hope the rest of the team can focus on some of the european training he and Schlope did, and gain some momentum going forward, intead of focussing on what a pain he has been in the past.
Finally, I hope the coaches see the success Bode is having after allowing himself some time to heal. The coaches have such an incentive to get the kids back on the snow. This is more for USA B and C, but let the kids heal. I personally know two kids contemplating giving up based on the never ending injuries.
So now I've vented on on a forum no one will ever read!!