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post #61 of 78
Damaging or even peeling those super thin edges off is more common than you would think. Emily Brydon had it happen to her last week, and I think John Kucera also had it happen at Beaver Creek, although that was because they moved a lot of snow around on a thinly coated track, mixing rocks and gravel into the race surface, one of which he hit.
post #62 of 78
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Seems that the edge was not ripped off, just damaged badly on both skis according to what I read.
post #63 of 78

No, it happens to everybody...

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so that would be it happens to bode all the time...

...especially in a thin snow year like this. Look at some of the other posts in this forum...
post #64 of 78

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.
post #65 of 78
bump!

I've been without internets for a few weeks and I can't wait to go back and watch all I've missed on wcsn.
post #66 of 78
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bump!

I've been without internets for a few weeks and I can't wait to go back and watch all I've missed on wcsn.
Me too. Just made myself some : to start in on that.
post #67 of 78
What's up with Bode, indeed?
He's kicking arse, that's what. And as an independent racer away from the kooks who run the US Team, as it should be.

He would have won his 3rd downhill in a row had he not spectacularly skied onto the net at Kitzbuehel just before the long flat which killed his speed (he also claims that ruined the finish on his skis for the rest of the run). He's a magician.

I wonder where all those Bode hating trolls from the Olympic threads back in 2006 went? I hear crickets chirping....
post #68 of 78
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What's up with Bode, indeed?
He's kicking arse, that's what. And as an independent racer away from the kooks who run the US Team, as it should be.

He would have won his 3rd downhill in a row had he not spectacularly skied onto the net at Kitzbuehel just before the long flat which killed his speed (he also claims that ruined the finish on his skis for the rest of the run). He's a magician.

I wonder where all those Bode hating trolls from the Olympic threads back in 2006 went? I hear crickets chirping....
Beat that Tanner Hall...
anyone remember the S*it talking Tanner Hall did a few seasons ago...something to the effect that racers couldn't ride park? Well, touche! Bode did a wall-ride (well net ride, but at 50+mph) on the Hahnenkamm and still pulled off a second place...

THAT IS TALENT (and balls)!
here's the sequence...low res
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7974001@N06/2204993020/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7974001@N06/2204993058/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7974001@N06/2204201573/
post #69 of 78
Bode Miller is the most watchable ski racer ever.

Here's a link to the video of his 2nd-place Hannenkam run banking off the fence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FA9f...eature=related

(If that doesn't work somehow, search Youtube for "Bode Miller Kitzbuehel". And yes, that appears to be the spelling.)

The Italian language commentary is somehow perfect: Italian is a language that you cannot speak without sounding excited. Even to correctly say "toothpaste" in Italian, you have to enthusiastically launch into a roller-coaster staccato of syllables: "Pasta dentifricio"--PAH-stuh Den-ti-FREE-che-oh."

Bonus moments from the video:
1) "Mama Mia" the commentary at the replay of the fence jib at the end. (Needs no translation.)
2) Clunky English syllables popping up in the midst of a string of Italian (which I don't understand any better than some of the discussions here) of "Steadman" the knee surgeon, during the section some distance after Bode banks off the fence.
3) The take at the end of the guy (coach?) watching, who winces as Bode hits the fence, and then leaps to his feet, exhultant, as Miller continues.
4) Bode Miller's expression in the finish, after he gets his time, which is then tied for first and holds up to be second on the day and allows him to win the combined, becoming the winningest U.S. ski racer on the World Cup, ever. This is the guy who hip bounced off the snow in the downhill portion of the combined in the Salt Lake City Olympics to take silver; who has, in two or three other downhills this year, hip bounced on the snow and still finished top ten; who has perhaps the greatest recovery skills of any athelete in any sport ever--and even he can't believe what he just did. Priceless.

SfDean.
post #70 of 78
That fence jib was just unbelievable.

http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2008/AL/0572/2008AL0572.pdf

If you look at the timing breakdown, Bode was ranked 58th on the first speed check (post jib) then 36th on the catwalk interval immediately after. By the end he was winning splits again and he had the second fastest speed on the stretch before the final jump (Zielschuss).

Guess who had the fastest speed on that stretch? Scotty Mac (141.2 km/hr). So not only did he crash. He was going faster than anybody else when he did...

And the olympics get all the press and hype....
post #71 of 78
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(If that doesn't work somehow, search Youtube for "Bode Miller Kitzbuehel". And yes, that appears to be the spelling.)
That's because it's the phonetic equavalent of the proper, umlaut spelling: Kitzb├╝hel. And few search engines can handle the Unicode used when a modified letter is used in a search.

That said....

Anybody watch the rut-fest that was today's first run in Schladming? Ugly, ugly stuff.
post #72 of 78
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That's because it's the phonetic equavalent of the proper, umlaut spelling: Kitzb├╝hel. And few search engines can handle the Unicode used when a modified letter is used in a search.
I try to spell these words correctly on here. The phonetic equivalent is a no brainer, and the unicode is easy with the US International keyboard layout.

I ran across this wikipedia article the other day, talk about confusing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_...reform_of_1996
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Anybody watch the rut-fest that was today's first run in Schladming? Ugly, ugly stuff.
After class I'll get to that...
post #73 of 78

Unreal...

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Originally Posted by sfdean View Post
Bode Miller is the most watchable ski racer ever.

Here's a link to the video of his 2nd-place Hannenkam run banking off the fence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FA9f...eature=related

(If that doesn't work somehow, search Youtube for "Bode Miller Kitzbuehel". And yes, that appears to be the spelling.)

The Italian language commentary is somehow perfect: Italian is a language that you cannot speak without sounding excited. Even to correctly say "toothpaste" in Italian, you have to enthusiastically launch into a roller-coaster staccato of syllables: "Pasta dentifricio"--PAH-stuh Den-ti-FREE-che-oh."

Bonus moments from the video:
1) "Mama Mia" the commentary at the replay of the fence jib at the end. (Needs no translation.)
2) Clunky English syllables popping up in the midst of a string of Italian (which I don't understand any better than some of the discussions here) of "Steadman" the knee surgeon, during the section some distance after Bode banks off the fence.
3) The take at the end of the guy (coach?) watching, who winces as Bode hits the fence, and then leaps to his feet, exhultant, as Miller continues.
4) Bode Miller's expression in the finish, after he gets his time, which is then tied for first and holds up to be second on the day and allows him to win the combined, becoming the winningest U.S. ski racer on the World Cup, ever. This is the guy who hip bounced off the snow in the downhill portion of the combined in the Salt Lake City Olympics to take silver; who has, in two or three other downhills this year, hip bounced on the snow and still finished top ten; who has perhaps the greatest recovery skills of any athelete in any sport ever--and even he can't believe what he just did. Priceless.

SfDean.
...I'm totally inspired. I've been struggling to get back on track after knee surgery, and I've found the problem...too many turns! To hell with these accursed 165 cm. SL skis! From now on, I'm only going to ski on the skis in the right half of the picture!

post #74 of 78
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... From now on, I'm only going to ski on the skis in the right half of the picture!
...Except maybe not that last pair, on the very farthest right. And good luck. Now we all know that hitting the fence, in downhill, is no excuse for not finishing--on the podium.
post #75 of 78

You got it...

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Originally Posted by sfdean View Post
...Except maybe not that last pair, on the very farthest right. And good luck. Now we all know that hitting the fence, in downhill, is no excuse for not finishing--on the podium.
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...to quote from my book, Don't Quit Your Day Job, "slalom and GS are just events...downhill is a cult..."
post #76 of 78
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...I'm totally inspired.
Me too. I've thought some more about Bode Miller's run, banking off the fence, and I'm thinking that it is one of the most impressive ski runs ever:

1. Race day context. Miller's friend and fellow American, Scott McCartney, had crashed earlier in a dangerous helmet shattering fall that left him unconscious and convulsing in the finish area, and had just been airlifted out by helicopter without regaining conciousness. When Miller ran the course, the complete extent of McCartney's injuries (whether they were fatal) was not yet known. (Turned out to be only a severe concussion.) And McCartney's fall came off the final jump, which had been modified by the race organizers after the training run. Keep all that from getting inside your race helmet up there in the start house, above that first scary steep section.

2. Historical context. This is the run, essentially, that allowed Bode Miller to win the Kitzbuhel combined (despite finishing only fourteenth in the slalom) to become the winningest U.S. male racer in the World Cup.

3. Banking off the fence. I mean, @*&#ing WOW.

4. Sheer, utter, unbelievable impossibility. Hit the fence, creating serious drag and trashing the bottom of one ski, leaving you essentially DFL (dead freakin' last) at the following split, almost 7 tenths off the pace. Then, carrying less speed than all the other guys, with one ski base fenceground, pick up almost 7 tenths of a second on the entire field over the rest of the course.

SfDean.
post #77 of 78
This just in: Bode's a pretty good skier. Too bad he couldn't finish the slalom last night, but whatever. It's so much fun having an American in the running for the Cup overall...
post #78 of 78
While we're on the subject of (1) astonishing runs by Bode Miller, whose improvisational skills on downhill ski(s) are amazing; and (2) videos of same while the Italian commentators say "Mama Mia" here's the video of Bode Miller skiing two thirds of a World Cup downhill a couple of years ago on one ski:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Faa...eature=related

My favorite parts:

1. The commentator's "Mama Mia!" at 17 seconds in, when Bode loses the left ski.
2. 35 seconds into the run, when, on a right turn while wearing only the inside (right) ski, Bode Miller takes a tight line straight through the panel anyway.
3. Bode invents a one legged tuck at 1:30 and 1:47 into the run, to get a little more aerodynamic.

SfDean.

P.S. Downhill--Couldn't be that tough, right Tanner? I mean Bode Miller and Monte Meier can both do it on one leg...
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