Originally Posted by Bob Peters
As one of the original posters, I'm pretty proud of how wrong I was.
If I remember right (too lazy to look up any of the results from the '02 Olympics), Picabo was pretty much a disappointment although she was VERY fast in the training runs for the downhill. My other pick, Rahlves, was sort of nowhere to be found, I think.
I'm patting myself on the back because we're ALL above average and, darn it, I *LIKE* me.
Rahlves switched skis at the last moment, whether it was nerves or whatever, it was probably a mistake. After starting fast, he got totally launched off Flintlock jump, barely made the next gate & never really got back on his line. I think he ended up 12th.
I believe Street won the Super Series event the previous season on the Wildflower course. When it came to the Olympics, the womens DH was postponed by one day due to winds. The following day the race began later than expected & it was warming up by the time her start in the 20's came up. It had gotten warm & on the crucial turn in the steeps on Glacier bowl she got wide into the soft snow, all was lost.
So in reality Bob, you were completely right, it was the racers & circumstances that worked against your predictions.
No one in this thread even mentioned Janica Kostelic, by far the Queen & star of the Alpine events (3 golds & a silver), but who would have guessed.
Also Bode Miller was only mentioned once, & ended up with 2 silvers after a spectacular comeback in the combined (he wasn't quite a speed event skier at the time). He was only a small margin in 2nd after the first run in the regular slalom, & probably only needed to finish the second run to win. Alas, he pulled the proverbial DNF only a few gates into run 2 & got nothing.