Sure, Bode won his first gold, and the all the drama surrounding Lindsey Vonn -- the Riesch-Vonn friendship/rivalry, the Vonn-Mancuso Twitter war -- was certainly televisual. But underneath that sheen were some real stories of true triumph, of no-hope Olympians coming out of the woodwork and onto the world's stage, heads held high.
Skier after skier struggled with the first run of today's slalom event. Here Norway's Lars Elton Myhre loses control before crashing during the first run of the Men's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
A disappointing end to Lindsey Vonn's Olympic run: After skiing off course in Thursday's GS race -- and arguably derailing teammate Julia Mancuso's defense of her 2006 gold -- Vonn straddled a gate just 16 seconds into today's slalom race and failed to finish. It was the final women's alpine event of the 2010 Games, and it seemed as if Vonn was happy to see it all end.
Anybody who watched the 2006 Olympics in Torino should remember Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, the fast-living aerialist known equally for his off-hill carousing as his on-hill brilliance. Before the Torino Games Peterson created the Hurricane, a five-twist-three-flip trick that's stunning even when it fails, and vowed to pull one during his Olympic run.
Everybody loves a girl fight. Especially when the girls are wearing bikinis.
The women’s giant slalom course was the stage for drama yesterday when the slope opera starring U.S. skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso continued. Vonn’s dramatic fall during the first run of the GS forced teammate Mancuso to stop her run halfway down. Vonn broke her pinky in the tumble. Mancuso was unable to regain her momentum in her second run and shed tears in frustration—the GS may have been hers to win, and her always-in-the-spotlight teammate had spoiled her chances. Again.
You didn't make it to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver but you still want to get your slalom on.
Why not do it at Sugar Mountain Resort next Sunday, March 7? The Richard Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup Giant Slalom Competition honors Sugar Mountain's former Director of Operations, Dick Trundy, who passed away from cancer in February 2002. Since his death, 100% of the entry fees from the Sugar Cup Competition (which began in 1987) have been donated to the American Cancer Society in Trundy's memory.
The Norwegian Ski Team, led by gold, silver and bronze medalist Aksel Lund Svindal, pay homage to Michael Jackson on a mountain top. In true Sound of Music style, the hills are alive with the sounds of "Beat It," MJ's 1983 megahit. Filmed in September, the clip features Svindal (gold in super G, silver in downhill), Kjetil Jansrud (silver in GS), and teammate Lars Elton Myhre. The fourth dancer is their coach.
Noted freeride athlete C.R. Johnson died of apparent head trauma yesterday after losing control and hitting rocks on the Light Towers run at Squaw Valley yesterday. Johnson was 26. According to a press from Johnson’s sponsor, 4FRNT skis, the accident was witnessed from the lift by fellow freeride star J.T. Holmes, who summoned help quickly. Rescuers could not revive Johnson.