Originally Posted by RicB
Sorry Volant, I wanted to quote Rick.
Rick, did you ever stop to think that Bode may be giving his best in life and not just in his sport or the olimpics? A life that I'm sure feels somewhat out of his control at times. Who are any of us to pass judgment on him like this. I find it really sad that we, the media, and the public are so quick to discard him. He hasn't behaved like many wanted him too, and it is really too bad that the media believed their own hype. Right now I'm very disapointed, but my disapointment is not in Bode.
Bode will probably grow and wise up over the years and have many regrets, just like the rest of us. whether he will regret his olympic performance time will only tell. I'm sure he won't be the only one. Later, RicB.
Hi Ric, how's it going? Gotten pretty dull in the instructional forum lately hasn't it. We're left discussing the psychological and behavior aspects of racing. Oh well, that can be interesting too. For the fans who love to rally to one side or the other, and for others such as coaches like me who take a more functional look at his behavior.
Ric, I have no interest in evaluating how much Bode is giving outside of ski racing. I have no way of knowing, and frankly I don't really care. I'm not trying to decide if I like him as an overall human being, I'm just taking a hard and realistic look at his performance on the slopes, and the behavior off the slopes that contributes to it.
I'm sure Bode is feeling the pressure of stardom. All sports stars do, but I've never seen a ski racer (Herman, Stenmark, Killy, Tomba, yes even Tomba) who went through such a mental meltdown over it and let it have such a adverse affect on his competitive behavior. No one of such high contender status has ever gone to the Olympics and put in such a half hearted effort, or made such a general ass of themselves with their announced and demonstrated uncaring attitude. He appeared as nothing more than a clown there for the party, surrounded by serious athletes who had come there for the primary reason of competing to the best of their ability. His results came as no surprise to us who follow WC racing closely. The biggest surprise was how publicly blatant his was about his lack of desire, or in fact how extensive that lack was.
As a coach who has spent a lifetime helping kids pursue their dreams of athletic success, it's distasteful to see a guy who's made it to the level that every young racer carries dreams of, symbolically piss on those dreams, and display an approach that would never allow a kid to realise them. I have every right to judge his behavior, and I from now on will use that behavior as a supreme model of the antithesis of what it takes to achieve success, not only in sport, but in every life pursuit. For providing such a vivid example for my kids of the outcome of a lack of dedication, I thank him.
As far as the media's disappointment, or the fans who were caught off guard because they didn't know that Bode's focus and desire had been in the toilette and results had been therefor waning all year, that's their thing. Has nothing to do with how I look at this.