Originally Posted by jamesk
How could the US Team choose Koznick over Julia for the SL- knowing that Koz has a blown ACL and can barely ski- her run was a joke and a waste.
I'm not sure you quite have the full background on this.
Mancuso automatically qualified for the slalom, based on objective criteria, but she chose not to race. Partly to prepare for the GS (the stated reason), and (I think) partly to open a spot for Sarah Schleper.
Koznick also qualified automatically on the objective criteria. I don't think the team could pull her from the race. Possibly, they might have cited her injury and taken her out. However, Koznick has had a very long career, and has been the US's top slalom racer during most of it. This was very likely the last race of her career. Given the history of the relationship between her and the USST, letting her decide whether to race or not was clearly the right thing and the classy thing to do.
And: I think Resi's ears are cool. The tiara is a little more out there, but it's okay too.
Resi has been wearing the ears for over a year, so they shouldn't exactly be news.