February 15, 2006
SAUZE d'OULX, Italy (AP by Eddie Pells)—In the run that meant the most, Jeremy Bloom looked like a football player who also happened to ski. Toby Dawson was more impressive than that, and that means he's the American going home with a medal, not Bloom.
Bloom finished sixth on the Olympic moguls course Wednesday in what will probably be the last stop on a skiing career that forced him to put his football dreams on hold. Dawson, meanwhile, was awesome, finishing in third place behind silver medalist Mikko Ronkainen of Finland and champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia, who has been dominating this sport for the past few months.
Bloom was one of the faces to watch in these Olympics. His good looks and his story about how he gave up football because the NCAA wouldn't let him pursue ski endorsements at the same time made him one of the most compelling figures in Italy.
But his 25-second run down the mountain was only OK _ pretty average by his standards _ and he nodded knowingly at the bottom of the hill after his score popped up, placing him in fourth, out of the medals with three more skiers to go.
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