or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › On Bode and the Media: wakeup call
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

On Bode and the Media: wakeup call

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I can't help but find it amusing that some find it brutal that the media hypes up Bode's exploits or people complaing.

Are you serious? Have you ever read the Austrian sports commentary? They go after their alpine athletes with the same furor the NY media treats the Yankess when they lose..they are brutal. What you read and hear in the US is nothing compared to their commentary.

Maier was castigated by the Austrian media for his motorcycle accident-they went nuts calling him a party animal wondering how he could put himself at risk like that etc etc. They crucify their athletes for not winning medals. If someone doesn't medal you would think WWIII just started.

The comments from the media and folks in the US is nothing compared to how they treat their athletes in the press. So get a grip. Media always likes to play up controversy and bash athletes. The difference is in America the average person doesnt care about Alpine sports so it isnt a deal with most. In Austria the World Cup and Olympics are treated like the the NFL. What you hear about Bode is nothing. Prior to Raich's gold they were already grumbling about the poor performance and bad showing.

Can you imagine the furor and finger pointing if Raich and Maeir failed to bring home at least a bronze medal? They would be going bonkers and be calling for the entire coaching staff to be fired. That would be front page news in Bold Type - not a 2 sentence comment on page 12 of the sports section.

Raich was torn to pieces for missing the gate in the SL run of the combined. It was like Buckner's mishap in the Red Sox series. Thats all they were talking about and he was trashed.

And people go balistic because the media wonders why Bode is out partying late at night before a race and folks act like this is unheard of and brutal. Go figure.

Even Bode knows this and admits : "If I was Austrian I would have already been stripped of my citizenship a long time ago."

So to those crying leave Bode alone I can only say - An athlete of Bode's talent and skill is getting a VERY easy pass in the American press compared to the crucifixion he would be getting in the Austrian media for going 0/4 at the Olympics. There would be a lynch mob with torches and rope waiting for him at the airport in Austria.
post #2 of 4
Yea they're rough. Still, even if the americna media is much much more lax, they still annoy me. Thankfully I don't have to listen to the Austrian media on a day to day basis. Although having seen austria and some of those mountains I could probably cope real well with living there....
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Predator88
Yea they're rough. Still, even if the americna media is much much more lax, they still annoy me. Thankfully I don't have to listen to the Austrian media on a day to day basis. Although having seen austria and some of those mountains I could probably cope real well with living there....
Also I think people go bonkers when they hear the phrase 'Miller's mediocre performance'. Compared to most other athletes his performance is far from mediocre but for Bode and what he is capable of one can only rate his showing as mediocre and uninspiring. What else can you really say? Great, Awesome? Good? The press(anywhere) isnt going to call a performance good without a medal. Thats just the way it is.
post #4 of 4
Salzburg and the Bronx .... have so much in common. Who'da thought?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › On Bode and the Media: wakeup call