Originally Posted by rush614
In US nobody will care, naturally... what about Europe, Austria?
Speaking of being onto something, I could have stolen Maier's "mojo" when he signed the boot. Think about it...:
1. He is 2nd in GS (toughest discipline for him, by his own admission...)
2. In the podium area, he sings the boot...
3. He finishes 26th in Val d'Isere...
I might just keep it as a secret weapon for those Master's races. Striking fear into hearts of competitors... "Oh my god, he's got "Das Boot" on! Run for your lifes!!!..."
In Austria, it would be a small problem to get gear items autographed after so many races the stars take part in, or, even better, during training camps in the spring or fall.
A friend of mine once got into the finish area somehow when Stenmark was at his best. He just finished the race, still gasping, when she asked him for an autograph.
No piece of paper, no pen.
"Don´t you have something to write with?" she asked him.
Surprisingly, he didn´t have a pen in his racesuit
Finally, she got some pen and he autographed the jacket of hers.
I suppose she never washed it.
As to your "woodoo", you´re not the first. A couple years back I was writing for one of the European ski magazines and did some interviews with the stars. It appeared, though, that almost all of my interviewers had a poor season then.
I´m dead sure I have influenced the history of World Cup.
I better not give the names...