Originally Posted by Lars
Kudo's to Shaun White. As much as I don't like the culture he represents the kid is awesome. When you consider he has won every event he has entered this year, that for itself might be a first for any sport. The reality is that winning Gold for his country and his family meant more to him than winning the XGames. Quite a story, quite a young man. I doubt Tanner Hall would have conducted himself in this manner.
I'm no fan of HP culture, either, but I gotta tell you, that kid's all right.
I spent three very long days working the SS/HP olympic qualifiers, up at the warming tent, and shaun was a really good, funny kid who kept the levity high.
anytime one might even think, for a moment, that someone could be having bad day, shaun would start doing silly, situation-comedy things and generally keeping all of his fellow competitors at ease.
he and i were constantly stealing/hiding each others' 'dasani' waters (i was there to keep the press/fans/paparazzi the hell away from the athletes, and to make sure the rent-a-cops were aware who was an actual competitor, and who wasn't.......paparazzi -types were actually donning bibs left over from the previous days' training sessions, and hiking up the pipe with cameras in their buttpacks. wrong answer), until it was no longer funny, and then went full-circle, to become, again, funny, thanks to his light, intelligent nature.
there were no restroom sat the top of the HP qualifier, and the guys used the trees, and the girls had almost nowhere to go....until one of the officials suggested allowing them to piddle in the warming tent while one of us watche dthe door. shaun, who really used the tent to it's fullest potential (despite my accusations of him using it as his own 'spank hut'), wa sjokingly incensed at this prospect, once he became aware of it, and made a hilarious production of airing the tent out so as not to have his performance affected by the pheromones...
I mean really funny. he's like a cross between jeff spicoli (shawn penn in 'fast times at ridgemont high') and carrot top, but far more witty.
not a bad word for anyone in those three long days, always smiling, often in the warming tent by himself, mentally reviewing/projecting his runs as thoughtfully as any Olympic DHer.
three cheers to the fling tamayta!
I gotta say, as well, that lindsay jacobellis is an absolute lady and a consumate pro in every sense.
at one point, a rent-a-cop gave her a hard time for stepping over some fencing, instead of hiking up and around. from lindsay there was no "do you know who i am?", but, rather, a polite apology as she started hiking up to the opening in the fence, until i promptly pulled a length down so she could simply walk into her starting area....and suggested the rentacop go take a break by keeping fans from throing snowballs into the pipe.