Originally Posted by Tog
No, saying in general that ski racing is not "fair". Sure, two runs would be "fairer" but that's not part of Downhill. Nothing new here and not an excuse. A lot of people have won one Olympic DH and then not much else.
Bode himself says it about Vancouver versus Torino. The margins are slim and in one he was on the right side of the margins so he placed in the top three. "A gust of wind could have changed the race" he says.
There are few individual sports where so much luck is involved. In tennis, the matches are long enough so the best player generally wins. In chess, if you call it a "sport," the best mind almost always wins after several matches. Golf and skiing are different. A poor tee time, a gust of wind, and change in weather, landing in a divot or just a bad bounce can keep the best overall player from winning a major...and usually does. I guess DH is similar because so many times are w/i 1 second after traveling over two minutes at high speeds. This parity among the top racers is amazing, something that isn't seen in most other sports. Wax, a cloud killing visibility, a rut, the temperature changing from the start of the race, weather changes, a gust of wind, etc. all factor in. This is simply one race in a long season with one big difference: the whole watches it once every four years. What parity can't explain is why Mancuso always nails the Olympics even when the rest of her year isn't so good.
Anyhow, Bode is still nailing the training runs...