Originally Posted by crgildart
It's fun to look back at some of the older greats like Stenmark and Killy, but the thing that brought the biggest smile to my face was the first US Alpine Olympic Gold Medal. Not a hard question to answer. What an exciting skier he was to watch back then.
EDIT: I'm going to guess that you mean the first *men's* gold medal. Is that correct, or does the book really feature Andrea Mead Lawrence? Also the DH was run before the GS and SL in 84, but I'm guessing you're not referring here to the idiot savant of gliding (emphasis on "idiot").
SECOND EDIT: I just realized that the above could be interpreted as a reference to Johnson's post-comeback condition. It is not - It's a reference to the attitude that led him to steal cars and attempt said comeback in the first place. Klammer described him perfectly...
Hmm, interesting given that Larsson's book was from 1978 and PM didn't really hit his stride for a couple years after that. Then again Larsson was coaching in Canada by that point and the two teams co-trained a fair bit in that era.
I've always wondered what would have happened if the IOC had allowed Stenmark to defend his medals. I (sentimentally) think that the gold would have gone to the same person, but Stenmark was still an incredible force in SL and GS at that point.
Edited by patrickjchase - 5/7/13 at 12:39pm