Originally Posted by quant2325
Every body deteriorates at a different pace. Walchhofer, Buechel & Cuche, are still going at it. But the way Bode was gasping for breath and grabbing his legs at the Olympics makes me think he may be done for good. I hope not because he is both a great skier and great theatre. But ankles that need shots don't always heal properly, and knees never get better with age. The swelling always gets worse. Those eight gates he ran in the Olympic SL may be his last. The fact that he skied through all that pain without complaining is as impressive as his success.
I think you're right on the money. He's been in a lot of pain for quite a while. This ankle has been very problematic for at least two, and possibly three seasons. He's put his body through a lot, skiing more starts than anybody for many seasons, and skiing the way he has. Given his very honest desire to ski his best, every run, I don't see Bode as wanting to "hang on." Not knowing the details of his injuries, perhaps if he takes a fairly short break, begins a new therapy and conditioning program, he'll be back. But if he hangs it up, and walks away, he's still be the most successful male alpine racer that the US has produced. And probably more important to Bode, in the eyes of his peers he's done things that nobody else has. Most associated with the WC agree that nobody has ever generated as much pure speed as Bode.
Tremendously impressed with this season, and with Vancouver. Class act, and very tough athlete.