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post #31 of 43

Willy Bags

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Originally Posted by TMAS29
Just want to add for the people that didn't know that he was trailing Osborne Paradis before the Kernen S where paradis hooked his boot in a willy bag hucking him off balance and slowing him insanely before the flats.
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Originally Posted by prickly
Osborne-Paradis skied a great race too, though he was pretty far off line when he hit the bag. I'm not for coronating anyone just for winning a race or anything. But it is great to see Bode make up so much ground in just one weekend.
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Originally Posted by Schussboelie
What the hell is a willy bag (non-English speaker here)?.
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Originally Posted by prickly
Ah, I just thought it was a hardcore racer's term, so I played along..
Willy Bags - giant size impact protection bags (6' or 9' tall) usually tied in place around chairlift poles/towers, TV towers, trees, cables, timing eyes, signs, water hydrants & rocks.


Photo & filling procedure www.weaselworkers.com/Training/Willy_bags.html





More details at www.worldcupsupply.com/willy-bags.html
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by Warp daddy View Post
Newfydog : i was pissed @CBC too but

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCrQhfSFXuE Here's a link that shows Bode's run
Thanks for the link. Got one of Paridis?

I like to see Bode win even though I'm a Canadian. I just don't get the U.S.A. public bashing him all the time.
post #33 of 43
Does anyone have a link to the video of Osborne-Paradis' run? I missed it...
post #34 of 43
jinx...
post #35 of 43
Only got to watch the run now, amazing, 91mph and so smooth, he really was in sync.

One question who is that big mustached dude that yells/psychs up at all the US skiers? Ive' wondered that for years.
post #36 of 43

I don't know what the guy's real name is...

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Only got to watch the run now, amazing, 91mph and so smooth, he really was in sync.

One question who is that big mustached dude that yells/psychs up at all the US skiers? Ive' wondered that for years.
...but he's known as "Baby Huey" for obvious reasons. I don't think he's an official part of the team, just some wannabe with some money to burn. I really think they ought to take his money and station him at the bottom of the course with a barrel around him that says "Here's my sign...I am not associated, officially, with the U. S. Ski Team...but you can kick me anyway, because I am definitely stupid..."
post #37 of 43
Thanks...thats all I needed, Pete Lavin: http://blogs.usatoday.com/sportsscop...is_a_voic.html

post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Thanks for the link. Got one of Paridis?

I like to see Bode win even though I'm a Canadian. I just don't get the U.S.A. public bashing him all the time.
I don't get it either and I'm an American.

I think it has something to do with most Americans believing that IF Bode had stayed in his bus or room during the nights of the 2006 Winter Olympics (instead of a little ), then he would have won like 10 Olympic Gold medals, maybe 15. Then the US would have won the Olympics. So, it's Bode's fault that we lost the Olympics - or something equally as stupid as that.
post #39 of 43
Its not so much that he lost (though that was quite a surprise), it was his attitude about it when interviewed, all he talked about (so it seemed and is best remembered) was how much fun he had partying at an Olympic level.
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by m_piet View Post
I don't get it either and I'm an American.

I think it has something to do with most Americans believing that IF Bode had stayed in his bus or room during the nights of the 2006 Winter Olympics (instead of a little ), then he would have won like 10 Olympic Gold medals, maybe 15. Then the US would have won the Olympics. So, it's Bode's fault that we lost the Olympics - or something equally as stupid as that.
I think that's part of it, but I think that most of the bad blood between the U.S. sports media (and thus the U.S. sports "fans") is that Bode rebels against the whole concept of "team" - at least from a superficial view. The media likes to follow "teams" if the word "team" appears in the name of the sporting organization. It's the U.S. Ski Team, so Bode needs to play be team rules.

So few in the U.S. media understand that alpine ski racing is, by and large, a solo endeavor. Sure, teams train and travel together, and share the same coaching staff, but the team element isn't usually part of the sport in the end.

Bode is a bit of a loner, and introvert - has been for most of this life. And he recognizes this and works in his own idiom. Thing is, the higher-ups at U.S. Skiing are all about the appearance of a "team," so it's their way, or the highway. During the winter of 2006, Bode rebelled against this on the big stage, perhaps to illustrate his idiosyncrasies. And it's not like he skied poorly: he was in the hunt in both the DH and SG.

But the media being the media, they played up Bode's partying ways - perhaps trying to find the next Alberto Tomba (whose partying almost always was a front, meant to portray a playboy image that never really existed). And what did the media get? A guy who was really out partying, devil could care what the outcome was.

And the media played this up as the "failure of the U.S. Ski Team."

And the U.S. Ski Team took Bode's bus away for the 2006-07 season. This didn't work for him, so he proposed a Tomba-esque system (still being a USST member, albeit with his own coaching staff, bus, etc.), and the USST balked - "our way, or the highway."

Now Bode is on "the highway" - and excelling. His work ethic is strong, and it's paying dividends for him and his sponsors.

But are the U.S. media covering this? No. It's not an Olympic year, so NBC's FIS skiing coverage is complete for the year. Sure, the New York Times and USA Today will carry little blurbs about skiing, buried in the sports section with the fishing report, but that's all. And the local sports shows won't show a thing (especially now that George Michael's Sports Machine is gone - he'd show top performances in World Cup skiing fairly often).

And the average U.S. sports "fan" gets all of their knowledge from TV and the newspaper. During the winter, they show NFL, NHL, NCAA basketball, golf, and made-for-TV ice capades. But no skiing. Nada.

So no real clarification of who Bode is.

Now back to the "team" thing. The sporting ideal (and the work ideal, more often than not) is the "team ethic." The old cliché "there's no 'I' in 'team'" is dragged out in front of our youth, in front of ambitious young workers, et al. Bode is an "I" on the surface (regardless of the fact that he has coaches, techs, agents, and whatnot, all of whom Bode acknowledges are indispensable), and thus is "not an ideal role model."

Whatever. He still accounts for almost a third of the USA's Nation's Cup points.
post #41 of 43
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
As good as he is and Mahre was, still only 1/3 of what Stenmark did.
Come on Phil....

Bode kills it at frickin' Wengen for his 2nd DH win in a row and you bring up Stenmark?!

Ingemar never went over 50!! in his life!!!

Rock on Bode!
post #42 of 43
Ingemar took out a patent on carved turns and went on to stamp out GS victories by the dozen. He tried a little downhill and was taken away in a neck brace.

He was a great turner, probably the best ever, but not the all round racer Bode has been.
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by m_piet View Post
I don't get it either and I'm an American.

I think it has something to do with most Americans believing that IF Bode had stayed in his bus or room during the nights of the 2006 Winter Olympics (instead of a little ), then he would have won like 10 Olympic Gold medals, maybe 15. Then the US would have won the Olympics. So, it's Bode's fault that we lost the Olympics - or something equally as stupid as that.
I have absolutely nothing to add to this.
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