Originally Posted by Bez
So speaking of the team concept, it has always been my opinion that teams in skiing exist only as a convenience regarding the expenses of training, coaching, travelling, organization,etc, and not as an important part of the actual competitions.
Generally true as to national teams in the World Cup or continental cups, I think, or specific events like the Olympics or World Championships. From what I know, it is not really true, in theory or practice, in NCAA racing, though.
And I think there is more of a nationalistic cast to the rooting in Europe, though:
- It's apparently most fervent where the nation is really only rooting for one or two people and not a real "team" (e.g.
- The excitement of rooting for a particular team, as a team, is kind of dampened when the same team is always the best. Austria has won the Nation's Cup every year since 1993, I believe.
Also, when you talk to the people who are providing the "convenience" of funding travel, training, etc., how do you even tell them what they've accomplished, except with team scores ... which are, after all, just the sum of various individual accomplishments?
|So I think it's laughable to suggest that a skier should keep the team in mind while competing
In my mind, the issue isn't the "while competing" part. Although the thread started out with that thought, I don't think it's really relevant. I'm not sure there's really generally a lot of difference between what a racer would do on the course if he's focussing on his own performance or the team's. Every World Cup point he earns is a Nation's Cup point, after all.
It's the behavior while not
competing that seems more of an issue to me. I think this relates a bit to a possible misconception.
|Even though a national ski team may get funding from their government,
The US Ski Team doesn't.
Its money comes from corporate sponsorships, individual donations, licensing of products, etc.
|The government should be motivated to fund sports like skiing
Corporations and various other donors and customers who want to support or be publicly associated with the US Ski Team are who funds the US Ski Team. What you or I think should
motivate them isn't very important. What does
motivate them is a bit more relevant.
Do they care what the people they're supporting say and do when they're not ski racing? Some of them do.