Originally Posted by JohnH
He did go out drinking after his win, though. You sure you want to stick with your comment?
As far as serious athelete, he doesn't compete in all 5 events. Bode does. So why is it Bode isn't a serious athelete?
Yea, I'll stick with it. Ted does not drink/party as a rule. This was only the 4th time in Olympic history an American male ever won a Gold medal in Alpine skiing. I can see a guy feeling some inclination to celebrate that, and I imagine that his lack of drinking normally had a big influence on the affect that celebrating had on him the next day. Poor kid looked like hell, didn't he!
That'll teach him.
. Anyway, his next race wasn't going to be for a few days, and I'm thinking it was a one time very special occasion thing. For now I'll take him at his word, and believe what those that know him personally tell me.
Bode used to be a serious athlete, but I've seen his focus slip this season.
* His conditioning has visibly slipped. You can see it in his face and stomach (getting puffy), and in they way he's been sucking wind at the end of his runs. It cost him an olympic medal in the DH.
* His interest in results has lost passion.
* He's not sure if he even wants to be there, frequently talking about walking away.
* He does ridiculous things in races, like catching extra air in a WC DH race just for kicks, at the expense of time and results.
* Word is he's still partying the night before races, and did before the combined. Sure looked like it, I though the guy was going to croak after each of his runs.
All of those things tell me he's lost much of his seriousness. If you enjoy watching him race, my suggestion is to enjoy while you can because if he doesn't get his head together and do an attitude transformation you may not have the opportunity to watch him much longer. He looks to me to be on his way out the door. And skiing the way he does, his lack of conditioning may get him injured even sooner.
And as to his new found thoughts about winning. John, I respect the winning is not necessarily the ultimate goal
philosophy in everyday life, but this is the WC, the supreme pinnacle of a competitive sport. Of course it's about winning. Trying to win is what everyone of those athletes has been striving for all their life, pursuing the dream of being recognized as the best skier in the world. It's the expression of that desire by athletes, in word or action, that has qualified them for the vast financial support from outside entities that allows them to pursue that dream. As soon as that dream is replaced by an attitude of ambivalence then that financial support is no longer warranted or deserved.
Bode is more than welcome to approach life on his own terms, but there rests no requirements for others to finance those choices. And if those choices continue to take him down the road he's traveling, the reality of that fact will eventually hit him like a ton of bricks. He'll end up yesterdays news, living true to his personal beliefs in private obscurity. Perhaps that's what a piece of him is pushing for.