First there was the Sports Illustrated's cover shot of Vonn in a staged tuck. Now there's a whole gallery of her in SI's vaunted Swimsuit Issue. Is she demeaning or asserting herself? Here's where the SKI staff lands.
We thought the “controversy” over Lindsey Vonn’s Sports Illustrated cover shot was ridiculous. Sure, she’s wearing makeup instead of a helmet. But “suggestive pose?” Come on. She’s a downhill racer, the “pose” is a legitimate tuck—a tool of her trade. If you find it “suggestive,” that says more about you than her. And as far as we’re concerned, whenever SI wants to put a skier on the cover, we’re all for it.
For the first day in a week, the skies over Whistler's Dave Murray Downhill course were cloudy and cold, so perhaps it's fitting that the GS victory went to Switzerland's Carol Janka, nicknamed The Iceman. Janka, who's been skiing great all season, put down the fastest combined time in the two-run event to secure the gold by a margin of .39 seconds. Behind him, Norway's Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, whose bronze today is his third of these games. Like Bode Miller, Svindal now has one of each color, and like Miller, he's a five-event skier.
Last week, NBC dominated the ratings, taking the top eight spots. Snowboarder Shaun White’s gold medal run captured 29.4 million viewers, almost double that of the perennial leader, American Idol on FOX. Research from NBC suggests that half of all Americans watched some of the games last week. From February 14–21, NBC averaged 26.3 million viewers a night. That’s a big increase from the games in Torino, which attracted around 20 million viewers a day.
Bronze, silver and now gold: Bode Miller is three for three in these games, earning his first Olympic gold in today's super combined event at Whistler's Creekside venue. With two events to go before the Games close, Miller shows no sign of stopping.
Today, the Austrian coach set the women’s super G course, and today Austrian Andrea Fischbacher walked away with the gold and the country’s first alpine medal of these games. Coincidence? FIS and Olympic rules are such that each course—except the downhill—is set by a randomly selected country’s delegate, usually a coach. Naturally, the delegate sets the courses to favor their athletes’ strengths. But after watching today’s intense and extremely close competition, it would impugn Fischbacher’s performance to write off the win as a coincidence.
Classic, unfettered Bode-style skiing had our hopes up for another American gold in this afternoon's men's Olympic super G, but in the end a Miller win was not to be, as Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal stormed the course 0.28 seconds faster. American Andrew Weibrecht, a rising star of the U.S. Ski Team, held the lead for much of the race, until Bode Miller bested Weibrecht's time by 0.03 seconds. Miller left the gate in full fury, bombing the top of the course, but the trickier bottom half slowed his style, with a few wide turns likely costing him the gold.
Some non-Olympic news coming out of Whistler, B.C. In case you hadn't heard, Whistler-Blackcomb is for sale; meanwhile Whistler's owner, Intrawest, is fighting to keep the resort. Intrawest owners Fortress Investment Group missed the final payment on a $1.4 billion loan last year, and its big-bank creditors started foreclosure proceedings against the group.
Maria Riesch of Germany, who failed to medal in yesterday's Olympic women’s downhill, came out on top in the super-combined today, while her friend and greatest rival, Lindsey Vonn, didn’t even finish.
Maria Riesch of Germany, who failed to medal in yesterday's Olympic women’s downhill, came out on top in the super-combined today, while her friend and greatest rival, Lindsey Vonn, didn’t even finish. Vonn fell in the slalom portion of the race after hooking a ski on a gate, adding further insult to an already injured Olympics: Vonn has been complaining about her bruised shin all week.
This season has been great so far: You were one of the first people on the snow when the resorts opened, you learned some sweet new tricks, maybe you even conquered those double black bowls you've been working up to. But now that the season's in full swing, it's time to kick your skiing up a notch, and the Vail Snowsports School 2010 SKImmersion program is the perfect place to do it.