Originally Posted by Rick
Ask me if I'm surprised over Bode 3 Olympic results. Never mind, I'm gunna tell ya anyway. NO, I'm not surprised at all.
Bode fans are attempting to dismiss his missteps as fluke things that can happen to anyone. A hooked tip, getting wrapped up in a panel, hey, it's racing, it happens they say. Well yea, that's right, it does, but it doesn't happen frequently to guys who are on their game. Bode is not on his game. His head is a mess. He's lost his focus, his desire, and his single minded drive, and this has resulted in him losing his flow.
Flow is that thing that empowers us when all the pieces are in place. A task is undertaken with mental confidence and the body executes with little need for constant acute attention to fine motor detail. Everything just seems to happen magically with little mental effort. When flow is lost everything becomes more of an effort, both mentally and physically. The body now requires more input from the mind, and every movement element becomes an event that must be thought about and forced. Those little mistakes that can happen to anyone suddenly begin to plaque the racer. This is what's going on with Bode right now.
It's interesting to witness the emotion in the Bode discussions. Some defend to the end and overlook or dismiss his recent behaviors that have led to his competitive fall off. Others are quite angered by him and go into full blown attack mode, and a few are able to step away from the emotion and take realistic look at the situation.
I think the latter approach is valuable, as it serves as a learning experience in regard to the factors involved in the process of achieving success, if such things matter to someone. The statements Bode has made about winning not being everything is right on the money, and something that should be stressed to all young athletes. But so should the idea of applying oneself fully to the pursuit of their individual goals, and in this area Bode is not serving as a good role model for our developing athletes this season. Not a good role model, but perhaps as a good example of what happens when someone strays from dedicated pursuit, and as such a good learning tool for our kids.
So what to look for in his last two events? My prediction is the GS is his best shot at redemption. The slalom is a huge long shot, as he just seems totally lost there in regard to line and feel for his skis. Just finishing two Slalom runs will be an accomplishment. The GS is his best shot, as no one is dominating that event like Ligety, Rocca and Benny are in Slalom, and finishing is much easier in the GS event, but still, I won't be greatly surprised if another fluky incident occurs.