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post #31 of 39
I wouldn't be too quick to dump on Bode. I made the comment a few months ago {maybe somewhere on this site} that my hunch was that his entire program was going to be geared toward peaking in Vancouver. That essentially means bringing the A game to the classic races starting mid January at Wengen, now Kitz, and carrying it through the games in February. I think we'll see something special out of him at Whistler. He's no fool, and there's a lot of unfinished business, etc. following Torino. He knows if he handles himself the right way {image wise} and delivers on the hill, his future paydays will look a lot better. 2006 was a disaster in that respect. Anybody who knows Bode will tell you that despite the growing up in the homemade house with no running water, etc., he is very tuned into his income stream. It's important to him.

Olympic medals mean a lot less to these guys that WC globes, but to the North American public, the non-ski media, etc., ski racing takes place every four years. Bode coming home with at least one gold would not surprise me. If he skis smart, he should look very good for the combined. He's publicly stated that he's dialed in with his equipment set-up for the first time in a long time. He should be in the hunt by then, on that hill, for the top step in the DH, and maybe the SG. And although his GS results have been non-existent this year {not a single result}, you never know. Over the years, it's been his best event. That would be a shock!  He's got the two GS's at Kranjska Gora coming up.  Has had awful results there in recent years, but I think won the GS there back to back about 5-6 years ago. Maybe we'll see something?  I'm thinking he's going to rise to the occasion, and do something big in Vancouver, though. One guy's $.02.

It would be a VERY good thing for the USSA/USST and their fund-raising down the road. If Mrs. Vonn and Bode both won in the DH, for example, that would be just huge. Most of the big money doesn't come from people or organizations that are in tune with the details. DH gold sells well. Back to my hunch that the entire deal has been pointing toward these weeks, and really peaking at the Olympics. Let's hope that the ankle is OK.

I bet we have 50 of those stupid "Join Bode" posters, and more stickers. People in advertising and PR thought it was a great campaign. I never "got it!"  Interesting how Nike has a number of snowboarders in their stable....don't think they have any alpine skiers these days. Guess that may not have seen a great return on Bode.

I would love to see him deliver in Vancouver.
post #32 of 39
Fastest training run today at the Hahnenkamm.

Go Bode!

Photo of today's training run from skiracing.com:

post #33 of 39
Go Bode!!!
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/News/2010/1/21/Bode-Miller-Named-USA-Today-Athlete-of-the-Week/

Vonn and Mancuso FAST too...even though Julia skipped a gate
post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

Fastest training run today at the Hahnenkamm.

Go Bode!

Photo of today's training run from skiracing.com:


 


^& for those who say his technique is unconventional, I see nothing but classic, sound  ski technique (centered balance, equal edge angles, pressure to the outside ski, level shoulders, hands in front, etc.) in this photo.

Go Bode x2
Thanks,
JF
post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post



^& for those who say his technique is unconventional, I see nothing but classic, sound  ski technique (centered balance, equal edge angles, pressure to the outside ski, level shoulders, hands in front, etc.) in this photo.

Go Bode x2
Thanks,
JF

That's why I posted the photo, jf.  That is just DAMN solid position (and in the Hahnenkamm, no less).

Wow.

Just wow.
post #36 of 39
join bode at the bar duh
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Yeah still have a Join Bode sticker on my helmet
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post #38 of 39
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We wouldn't want for him to miss tennis practice would we?
post #39 of 39
Saw him last week and at the lower section of the DH he was sucking some serious air.  SG started lower and it seems that was the deciding factor.  Older, out of shape, smoking a bit ??? all factors especially when you pile the age issue on the top.

He looked tired and winded.  Made me feel kinda' sad for him.  There is still a spark of the "bad boy" in me that likes to see him win but there is the realist that knows that you can only burn the proverbial candle from one end.  Those speeds are not a game of sport or for the infirm.
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