It is easy-way too easy, in fact-to focus only on the negative aspects of today's Olympic Games: The site selection bribery scandals; the corporate indulgences; the political backscratching; the way money and power seem to rule everything.
In 1939, a narrow, dusty, dirt road led west from the small, almost abandoned mining town of Ketchum, Idaho, to the base of Mt. Baldy. There, an even narrower ski trail had been cut the summer before from the top of 9,000-foot Mt. Baldy.
Aptly named "Grizzly," Snowbasin's men's Olympic course is a fierce ride that challenges racers with elements never before seen in downhill competition. U.S. Olympian Doug Lewis leads a tour of this deceptively difficult men's Olympic downhill track.
A wide-smiling but admittedly bewildered Jonna Mendes had the fastest time on each run Tuesday and collected her first national title as she won the GS by 1.75 seconds on the fifth day of the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships.