I'm looking to see any reactions to the final slalom course that was set by Ante Kostelic. While I think we all expected a technical course that would of course give his son Ivica some advantage, as any coach does giving their team the advantage in the draw, looking at the numbers of racers who failed to finish and went off and out or the course at about the mid point with something like 17 or thirty some racers getting caught in the web, my initial reaction was that it was unnecessary to set such a course for the Olympics.
I think a course on that level should be set to test the limits of the individuals talents physically within the limits of the gear that is out there and authorized and certainly be on an "OIlympic" scale in terms of difficulty.
I think one commenter at the very end, when he pondered and compared the other course sets by Kostelic, said that he seemed to be trying to show the world that he could set courses that would baffle even the most seasoned athlete. He said it was not within the spirit of the Olympics which should be difficult but should in part, allow the racers to showcase their strong points without making a demolition derby out of it. I don't think Mario Matt was the favorite but his years on snow seemed to make a case for that theory.
I must admit that it did have a NASCAR flavor to it after the first few ski offs and I sure don't watch F-1 for the crashes, I watch it for the technical excellence and positioning.
Yeah, Ante, you may have been within the technical parameters of.the FIS but you seem to have had an "I" problem with the finished product.
Do us all a favor and keep your imprint away from the speed events, last night I spent waiting for a few dreaded ACL injuries with the participants rebounding off the tails and that's bad enough. Get cute in a speed event and some kid dies.