Originally Posted by Yuki
What I mean by "statement" is like Chad Fleischer. I may cringe when he took his helmet off, but the spots didn't hurt anyone.
If you are looking at the safety issues and loss of speed, those too are damned valid points and we are on the same page.
Decorum? The dignity of the games? That's been gone for so long and that's assuming it was real to begin with. I was a kid and a dreamer then so the reality was quite different, I'm sure.
Stein raced "For the glory of Norway" ... now it's all about the sales hype and market position of beer and SUV's ...
Still, how she interacts with her team, you don't think that is that important?
OK, Yuki, now I understand the statement thing. I was wracking my memory for controversial past verbal utterance. Dah.
Yep, I'm right on board with you. As long as the statement
isn't detrimental to performance I have no problem with it. Everyone has different means of dealing with the stress of competition, and finding how to extract their best performance. As long as those methods don't actually impede performance, then fine.
In fact, I have a history of non conformity in my own past. When I was a kid on my little league team I wore Flourecent orange socks that came all the way up to my knees. Of course, being the competitor I was, it was done with the intent of visually distracting the batter (I was the pitcher), but in short order the rest of my team started doing the same thing, and we did grab a lot of attention for it. That's just one example, but I won't bore with more.
As to she, or anyone, interacts with teammates, well, it's nice when everyone is huggy kissy, but I don't think it has to be that way to have a productive atmosphere in respect to results. As idiotic as skaters Hendricks and Davis were for bringing their personal rivalry out to the public, I don't see that it's existence hurt their performance. If anything, it probably served as added motivation to kick butt. The Mahre brothers were known for being distant from their teammates. Look at the Austrian ski team, from what I understand they're cut throat with each other. The practice of sending course info back up to the start like we do is not done by them. Yet look at their results. This is an individual sport, on course it's all about the racer, no one can help him/her, so it's up to the racer to do what they have to do based on their own individual personality makeup to bring out the best. It looks nice to the public if that needed approach is conducive to smiles and love, but it's not always the reality.