Why does Austria of all places have so many more lifetime medals than any other nation?
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2/10/05 at 7:54am
Originally Posted by bigdraft
One element you guys are missing is that Austria subsidizes ski race training from an early age (3 years old if I'm not mistaken). They have kinder (child) ski schools like we have pre-schools, only the govt. helps with the cost.
Originally Posted by Alfonse
Consider the US. Does every kid want to grow up and be a ski racer! No, maybe 1 in 10,000 does. The rest want to play hoop, football, baseball, or any of the other numerous sports in this country that are more popular than ski racing. In Austria Herman Maier is probably bigger than Micheal Jordan was in his prime. Every kid wants to grow up and be a ski racer. I assume Soccer is big there like the rest of europe but they are not as good as the rest of europe unlike ski racing. I want to grow up to be like Herman Maier! Here if I want to read about Bode Miller who came from 100 miles from here I have to turn to like page 32 in the paper.....
Originally Posted by JohnH
You think MTV Cribs will show up at Bode's or Daron's places? (or Bode's RV)
|Erik Schlopy: "I hope the general public appreciates what Bode is doing. He's better at skiing right now than Tiger Woods is at golf. He's better at skiing than Andy Roddick is at tennis. He should be as famous as those guys, because our sport is way more demanding, way more athletic and involves way more risk than those sports."|