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I'm not sure the the track improved that much overnight but Ted made easy work of it!!

He seems so fluid.

Should be a good week of Spyder, Shred,Syltech and Head sales at the shop. I must say I have my eye on a "Need More Snow" helmet.

 

Two American winners and Two more in the Top 10 wonder when the last time that's happened? Can't wait to see Bode's runs tonight on the tube; he must have made one of his famous moves in the 1st run.

 

 

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Yes Bode had a great second run!! Hope he's having a beer right now!!
 

 

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And how about Lindsey?  Her first WC GS win.

 

Mike

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Bode has finished 5 GSs in a row...that has to be some kind of record for him.

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Maybe controversial from here on the other side of the Atlantic but while Ted was outstanding I can't agree about Bode. He says he's a few weeks behind in his preparartions but why? I'm not aware he's been injured. I just wonder about his commitment. A massive talent and no doubt he will post some great results over the season but not a challenger in any discipline in my opinion. What about Pinterault though? Everybody needs to look out with this young guy on his way. This could be a great in the making.

 

Lindsey put down a real marker down yesterday. I expected her to have worked hard on her technical skiing but I didn't see that one coming. Reisch was way off the pace and while Goergl is a fine skier, I can't see her truly challenging for the overall. The signs are good already for Vonn.

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I just wonder about his commitment.

You could be right about Bode.  I think he is trying to balance "life" with ski racing.  Racing is probably not #1 in his life anymore.  When the time comes that racing no longer fits, he will be done with it.  Hopefully he stays involved with the team and an advocate for the athletes.  Personally, I hope he keeps racing.  Stenmark went through a long dryspell & then had some of his best performances in his last few races.  I think Bode believes he is still capable of exceptional performance.

 

JF

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Yeah if Bode had only tried harder he would have more than 32 World Cup wins, 71 podiums, and 8 crystal globes.

 

Four times World Champion!

 

Olympic gold, three silvers and a bronze.

Only one male alpine skier has more Olympic medals than Bode Miller.

 

If he had only tried harder... Slacker!

 

Was this event on TV yesterday while we were watching hockey!?  nonono2.gif Replay tonight at 11? EPG says Skiing (no details).

 

 

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Yeah if Bode had only tried harder he would have more than 32 World Cup wins, 71 podiums, and 8 crystal globes.

 

Four times World Champion!

 

Olympic gold, three silvers and a bronze.

Only one male alpine skier has more Olympic medals than Bode Miller.

 

If he had only tried harder... Slacker!

 

Was this event on TV yesterday while we were watching hockey!?  nonono2.gif Replay tonight at 11? EPG says Skiing (no details).

 

 


You left out a hundred & something top 10's...  ooops, make that a hundred & something plus 1

 

;)

JF

 

 

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Yeah if Bode had only tried harder he would have more than 32 World Cup wins, 71 podiums, and 8 crystal globes.

 

Four times World Champion!

 

Olympic gold, three silvers and a bronze.

Only one male alpine skier has more Olympic medals than Bode Miller.

 

If he had only tried harder... Slacker!

 

Was this event on TV yesterday while we were watching hockey!?  nonono2.gif Replay tonight at 11? EPG says Skiing (no details).

 

 



Not bad for 12 days training:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMemTiLw0KM

 

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Why don't you just make the heading "Spoiler Alert Solden GS".  Does not make any sense to mention Ted's performance with an intent of not telling us anything. 
That aside, great skiing by Ted, he is off to a great start.  Loved him hign 5'ing all those kids on the way to the podium.  Truly a great guy.

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Interesting to hear the sarcastic responses. It sounds like a few feathers have been ruffled. I am in no way questioning the man's achievements.He is in the top 10 of all time in terms of results and behind only Benni Raich amongst currently active racers. I was merely making the observation that he had the opportunity to be better prepared maybe and that might be a question of commitment. If he is spending time with family and doing other things then good luck to him.

 

When you see the likes of Cuche who has had his best skiing years at an older age than Bode, I wonder if despite all his great results he might have been up there with Maier had he had the same drive and passion for racing that some others have had. He is one immensley talented man. When I watch the lines he attempts it defies belief and some of his recoveries are almost superhuman. In sport I believe you should strive to be the best you can be. Great though he is, his talent could have made him greater.

 

I would just have one gripe with him and that is the fact that he ducked out of the world cup tour to prepare for the Olympics. Meanwhile the more loyal tour members who were ahead of him at the time kept going and battling on for the good of the tour. Cuche indeed picked up a hand injury which really should have caused him to miss the games. It almost certainly deprived him of his last chance of a gold. He stuck with it though. What state would the tour be in if all the top guys picked and chose their races in the way Bode does.

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Excellent runs by Ligety and Vonn...and Pinturault looks like quite a force to contend with. Great second run by him.

 

It was nice to see Vonn genuinely stoked about her win. It looked like Reisch was still on her honeymoon and Svindahl was spending too much time with Mancuso....not skiing. wink.gif

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I read about Vonn's off season's workouts at the Olympic Training Center out in San Diego. If hard work in the off season will deliver results in the races I think its likely she will have a great year.

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Interesting to hear the sarcastic responses. It sounds like a few feathers have been ruffled. I am in no way questioning the man's achievements.He is in the top 10 of all time in terms of results and behind only Benni Raich amongst currently active racers. I was merely making the observation that he had the opportunity to be better prepared maybe and that might be a question of commitment. If he is spending time with family and doing other things then good luck to him.

 

When you see the likes of Cuche who has had his best skiing years at an older age than Bode, I wonder if despite all his great results he might have been up there with Maier had he had the same drive and passion for racing that some others have had. He is one immensley talented man. When I watch the lines he attempts it defies belief and some of his recoveries are almost superhuman. In sport I believe you should strive to be the best you can be. Great though he is, his talent could have made him greater.

 

I would just have one gripe with him and that is the fact that he ducked out of the world cup tour to prepare for the Olympics. Meanwhile the more loyal tour members who were ahead of him at the time kept going and battling on for the good of the tour. Cuche indeed picked up a hand injury which really should have caused him to miss the games. It almost certainly deprived him of his last chance of a gold. He stuck with it though. What state would the tour be in if all the top guys picked and chose their races in the way Bode does.


Bode stuck with it too, skiing injured through most of the last few years.  His conditioning regimen does not put him in the "slacker" category IMHO since his stated goals were always to believe he was in better condition than anyone else in the gate and, of course, not get hurt. 

 

He decided to ski in the last Olympics long after summer training ended (there is a guy in Park City who doesn't like him), and he needed to peak at the right time.  If you remember he was winning the long Wengen downhill that year until he gassed out at the very end.  A few weeks later he was in top physical condition for the Olympics except for his ankle, racing downhill in what looked like SL boots.  He was indeed in shape at the right time.

 

Bode doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who cries on camera about injuries, fog killing a run, disqualifications over a boot being 1mm off (and his foot being too swollen to put the boot back on), etc.  Based upon his current "elder statesman" role, he is acting appropriately as a team player.

 

I agree that the older guys to a large extent make the tour what it is.  They still rock the speed events (perhaps because of experience) and are exciting to watch.

 

Saying that Bode Miller should have won more is like saying Jack Nicklaus won so often because he just let the field defeat themselves.  Miller just wanted--at least in the past--to ski the fastest he could regardless of what made sense in terms of giving him the greatest percentage chance of winning.  Ski racing would be boring without guys like him (the TV ratings suck as it is in the USA).

 

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