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Bode (yeah, more) Sanctioned

post #1 of 15
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from SKIRACING

http://www.skiracing.com/news/news_d...hp/3073/ALPINE

"It's a pity that he wastes so much energy on this kind of thing," said Guenter Hujara, the FIS race director for the men's World Cup. "The consequences are not so great for him, but he disappoints his fans."
post #2 of 15
The kid's on a roll. Why does the name Dwight Gooden come to mind?
post #3 of 15
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gooden?

i'd hope not.

doc was pretty quick into the nose candy after he joined the mets, who had plenty of "mentors" to help him REALLY get into it. (those mid-80's mets may be THEE "partyingest" team in professional sports history.)

and he was, what, still a teen (or not much past it) when on top of the world in the really big city.

i'm guessing gooden's ingredients were a little more combustible than bode's. and i think miller's confidantes and TRUE friends are more interested in his well-being than were strawberry, keith hernandez, and the rest...concerned about keeping gooden, a relative baby, on something like a Right - or less self-destructive, anyway - track.

i could be way off but i'm guessing bode's taking a pretty good look at what he's signed on for versus what he wants. seems a free spirit enough to say, screw this, walk away. (i'd hope not.) and seems also the kind of competitor who might take some time to re-gather himself, remember what he loves - or loved - and resume kicking serious ass again.

hope so, anyway.
post #4 of 15
While he hasn't made a habit of it, Bode has been known to miss the bib ceremonies from time to time in the past. In his defense, he is racing in every single race. That's a bigger burden than I think most people appreciate. Is it what I would do if I were him? Probably not. Particularly given the events of the last week. But they are tugging the heart-strings a little in the official's quotes, I think. In baseball terms, its more like Cal Ripkin skipping a mall appearance.

Raich is sitting out the whole Lauberhorn DH race tomorrow. I don't know. It seems to me that the racing is the essence of the deal ... I guess I'd rather see him skip a ceremony to rest rather than skip a race.

His sanction, apparently, is to drop from 27th start position to 30th (I don't think he'd drop to 31st unless they completely reshuffle the bibs and move someone from out of the top 30 to 1st). However it works out, it's a minor sanction and a minor crime.
post #5 of 15
Hmmm.... It's quite interesting his "sanction" assures he will probably wear bib 31.... today, in the DH portion of the combined, he wore 29, Walchofer bib 30.... Walchofer, Miller were 1-2 in that heat -

How do get a better start number for when the track gets faster? A sanction'll do! Bode may be sophomoric at times, but he's no fool.
post #6 of 15
poor guy. Bode's Olympics are going to be a complete and total clusterf*$#. Imagine the media frenzy surrounding him in Italy, a place where lots actually care about ski racing.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rio
The kid's on a roll. Why does the name Dwight Gooden come to mind?
For me, it's Eddie Vedder.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston
While he hasn't made a habit of it, Bode has been known to miss the bib ceremonies from time to time in the past. In his defense, he is racing in every single race. That's a bigger burden than I think most people appreciate.
While it might be a burden for Bode to be idolized, actors, musicians, and writers have to go through much much more:
countless interviews with radio, newspapers, tv people asking identical questions, countless instances of meeting the arena owner's daughter and her friends and taking photos with someone who won a chance to meet them on the radio and appearing here and there, day after day when they're promoting their work.

Many of these people do upwards of 20+ a day.

Sure, they often get great money, but money doesn't buy you freedom from the obligations that come with your profession.

It's really sad to see skiers acting like baseball, football and basketball players.

Choose your side, Bode:


the good guys...







...or the bad guys


post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Billd
poor guy.
How can you say that, when he has chosen to bring it all on himself - he wants the publicity, he wants to be noticed, and he doesn't want to follow the rules. His choice. He has to live by his decisions.
post #10 of 15
OldSchool, right on!

WTFH, he wants to play both sides...
post #11 of 15
I, for one, feel like this whole thing is being blown ridiculously overblown. I mean, the guy said that he was "still drunk from the night before"...a cliche many people use without it being strictly true. Plus it was the day after he locked up the World Cup....should it be that shocking that he did some serious partying?

I feel like the collective gasp over all of this is from the same people who were actually shocked that baseball players use steroids and lobbyists bribe politicians.

The guy makes a few smirking comments and suddenly the outrage police are in full gear. I guess that's just the society we live in these days...
post #12 of 15
I really do think he has a drinking problem. He parties every night on the tour. Some nights more that others. Partying takes too high a priority - he's letting it affect his work. It seems the issue is not as minor as one might think.
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
While it might be a burden for Bode to be idolized,
The "burden" I was referring to (perhaps I didn't choose the best word) was racing in every single World Cup race, season after season. That's harder work than I think most people appreciate. I'm not saying he didn't choose to do this ... it was only an aside as to why he might sometimes find it hard to have time for other things in mid-season.

As far as "the burden of fame:" yeah, he actually has it pretty light. It's really kind of a nifty set-up -- in Europe he's a big deal. In the US, I'm pretty sure he could walk through any shopping mall in the country without being recognized. Okay, in some parts of the country, he might have to wear a hat.

dbart2 may have made the point I was driving at considerably more directly: all of this is way blown out of proportion.

I don't know that it's necessarily a big reflection on society's mores. It's more the desire of the media and people who play to the media to have "a story." Think of the media and their friends as a sort of loose, disorganized screenwriting cooperative. As storiess go, "Guy who's a really good skier skis really well" is distinctly lame. It's not even dog bites man. Now think of all the movies about sports stars who (a) must learn humility to succeed or (b) are destroyed by hubris or (c) are saved by the love of a good woman or (d) overcame adversity, only to have their past come back to haunt them, or (e) are helped by angels. Everyone who tells stories on TV (in particular) is constantly trying to shape the raw material -- in an ad hoc way -- into a similarly compelling package.
post #14 of 15
If it's affecting his work, there' certainly a point to be made for wanting the guy to get his act together....but that's a tough case to make when he won the WC.
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Originally Posted by dbart2
If it's affecting his work, there' certainly a point to be made for wanting the guy to get his act together....but that's a tough case to make when he won the WC.
That was last year. This year he's not doing so well (although not all that poorly, either).
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