Bode's bad luck
Bode has had the edge of his ski peel back and still finish top-thirty in Super G. He's bounced off a hip numerous time, including in yesterday's downhill, where he still finished top ten. And today, he actually had the screw pull out of his ski, detaching the binding in mid-run, when he was leading after the first split of the first run in the Alta Badia GS.
Being Bode, he actually finished the run, a tight-set steep GS course, on one ski. But even Bode couldn't get a second run out of that.http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?o...915&Ite mid=2
I keep thinking that this run of bad luck can't keep going, and that Bode will start finishing on the podium, on a regular basis. (Aside from this equipment problem and his edge peel back in the Super-G, in his other last 6 races he's finished in the top ten, despite falling onto a hip in at least two of them.) It's truly amazing that he can finish in the top ten in tight races after literally bouncing on his hip, as he's done several times this year.
The good news in all of this, for Americans anyway, is that the USST is beginning to show astonishing depth: Three Americans (Nyman, Sullivan, and now Macartney) who are not Bode Miller have been on the podium in downhill, and today Cochran was in the top 10 in GS, which he nearly skipped because it wasn't his good event (and Schlopy was in the points as well, at 28th.)
Right now, Miller--despite the string of mistakes, hip bounces, and equipment problems--is in fourth place in the overall standings, and Ligety--despite not running a single downhill, skipping some Super-Gs and not finishing a single slalom yet except for the slalom in the one combined--is eighth in the overall standings and first in the GS standings. I think it will be an interesting year, and I continue to believe that Miller will lmount a stronger challenge for the overall title in the weeks ahead.