<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Americans all have been taught to push and muscle and try to squeeze speed out of a ski that would do all the work for them, if only they would let it. Meanwhile the Euros just go... relying on sound technique, alignment, and technology <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yep, I agree with that statement, although there have been major exceptions to the Euros winning everything, like the Maier brothers. My point was that if you look at vid clips of the last 5 years, the Americans are looking much steadier and are nowhere near the back of the pack any longer - they've made major strides, while the Euros are adjusting their technique every season to the shaped skis also. It's simply taken much more seriously by their race teams who know that national identities are tied up with them. The European racers are willing to take chances with innovation, whereas it seems to me that the Americans tend to assume they know everything (not far off, of course) - since I identify with the US race team myself, I don't want to sound negative.
Moseley is inhumanly good (I agree again) but the point was he took a chance in Nagano with an unusual technique - and won. Didn't you say the point was the medals, not anything else? Also, tho'least known, the freestyle team is world-reknowned for beating the competition - including the Europeans - look at the rest of the team.
Looks like I got long-winded also
[This message has been edited by skis&snow (edited August 28, 2001).]</FONT>