From Bode Miller's "60 Minutes" interview: "For me, the ideal Olympics would be to go in with all that pressure, all that attention and have performances that are literally tear-jerking, that make people put their heads down because they're embarrassed at how emotional they're getting, that make people want to try sports, talk to their kids, call their f---ing ex-wives—and come away with no medals. I think that would be f---ing epic. That would be the perfect thing." And Bode might have been talking about me when he said, “Defining your criteria for success is easier when you suck.”
“Speed exposes weakness.” Chad Fleischer
"Big Air. Kids today, that's all they want, Big Air. I say stick to the mountain. That's where the fun is. You want Big Air, kid? Pull My Finger!" Smooth Johnson, Master of the Carve
Guy Perillat, Killy's teammate, on the French style: “It is a natural technique, based essentially on flexion-extension with or without unweighting of one or two skis and displaying great freedom of spirit, dictated solely by the maintenance of the skier’s balance and rejecting everything that seems superfluous or artificial.”
For speed events, I find inspiration in advice from the great sprinter, cyclist Mario Cippolini: "If you brake, you lose."
And finally, my epitaph, a paraphrase of another cyclist, British Champion Tommy Simpson, before he perished on the slopes of Mt. Ventoux of exhaustion and amphetamines--"Click me back into my skis" ("Put me back on the bike.")
Einstein was right: the faster you go, the slower you age.