The first whiff of scandal hit the Turin Olympics the day before the opening ceremony, as eight cross-country skiers _ including two Americans and a former gold medalist from Germany _ were suspended for failed blood tests.
Bode Miller had the perfect reply _ to the fans who cover their eyes when he roars down the course, to the coaches who grit their teeth at his Bode-knows-best attitude, to the ski executives exasperated by this Alpine rebel.
Last week--three years, eight months and 17 days after a horrific crash in Crans Montana, Switzerland--Street stood at the bottom of the downhill course at Lake Louise with the lead in a World Cup race.
Bode Miller looked primed for his third World Cup win in a week. But after two victories last week Miller fell just a few gates into his final run in the World Cup giant slalom in Italy. France's Frederic Covili took home the gold.