Three-time Olympian Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO), who was used to independence and mobility during a decade on the U.S. Ski Team, is starting to lengthen the "leash" she's been on since shattering a kneecap and suffering other injuries in a World Cup training crash.
The gold medal was decided, or so everyone thought. Bode, The Herminator and the rest of Alpine skiing's big boys were already done for, and a few were even congratulating the apparent champ at the bottom of the hill.
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.