Originally Posted by jzamp
The problem is that the Italian team is not consistent, the talent is there but there is no flare to it, and no continuity.
Tomba was on the front page because he won, but he was also always making some sort of stupid thing, some trouble here and there, he was news worthy.
Today most of the men's team barely speaks italian, the women are very inconsistent so it's easy to lose interest.
I bet you if Italy had a Shiffrin, a Hirscher, or a Ligety you'd be much more excited about WC skiing
Yeh, and to think that Lara "nearly" switched (in 2010, only rumors but...it was reported that she was skiing with the italian national flag painted on her boots...see here http://www.ticinolibero.ch/?p=52645) over from the Swiss team to the Italian one...(btw she has double citizenship...Swiss and Italian)
But I'd be more than happy to have "back" Ghedo, Runghi, the girls of "old"...
And I'm more than happy to see a "Yank" girl on top of the world. Likewise I'm happy to see Ted there as well!!! BTW neither Shiffrin, Hirscher and Ligety speak italian, so they could join our team in any case ...teee heee
The question of the language..it's a semi-serious one.Sometimes it nags at me, sometimes not. Even Thoeni was barely speaking italian at the beginning of his carreeer (despite having an italian passport, like most Southern Tyroleans, he's of...german/austrian ethnicity...) As long as those guys/girls wear the Tricolore (and the sky blue coloured dress) with pride, it doesn't bother me if they can't speak Italian very well or at all.
It's just..that, ski racing, like F1 racing, seen on television, doesn't attracts me like it was some years ago...
More to do with the inconsistency...theres' so much hope and expectation every time one of them makes to the podium, that if the next time he/she is not there..it's a drama, newspapers first talk about the "Next Tomba" or "Next Compagnoni" then of disillusion...Thats' what I think, we (italians) spend the time looking for the next big champion instead of programming and building one. Champions aren't found by chance, are built through a combination of grooming (talent scouting), hard work, sound programming (and investments)...
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Are you recognizing improvements in your own skiing that have become more interesting than watching others ski?
Mmmh, this is worth of its own thread, otherwise we would be stealing from the OP and straying off topic....I'll think it over and maybe open a thread in..which section?