I now classify Bode as a dumb fuck. I used to admire the man's "go for it hard no metter what the consequences" attitude, but that previously pertained only to the race course and not his social life. It's my viewpoint that he can do what he wants on the WC. But when you accept the responsibility to represent your country at the Olymics, you have taken on thousands of years of tradition and yes, even honor.
Tomba presented this "bad boy" image crap in his heyday. However, it was only that- an image. In reality he was in bed at eight and inspecting courses at the crack of dawn- not to mention winning golds. Bode slipped in his post-slalom interview when flapping about his partying and had to backtrack and cover-up his revelry as "not on days before races." Bullshit.
The saddest part of this whole thing went down during the downhill. If you recall, Rahlves and Bode were screwing around w/ two pairs of skis right before the start. One pair was brand-new from Atomic, the others were out of their regular WC quiver. The new one's were supposedly faster, but who really knew? So....after Bode's fat ass finished out of the hunt on the new boards Rahlves decided to go with the old sticks. This was a mistake. Rahlves skied a significantly better line than Bode (he actually wanted to win, had trained for it and managed to roll his ass out of bed before 11) but finished poorly, as his skis clearly were not gliding well. I beliveve he would have medaled had he been on the new skis. It's just too bad he took a lazy fat man's advice for what was his final Olympic downhill.