Bode Miller will compete in races this winter, no more! This was decided by the Americans because his injured knee has not healed.
Miller was flown to the races in Bansko and the failure in the slalom to Vail in the Hawkins-Steadman Clinic, where they tried to fix by arthroscopy damage (removal of cartilage components). The 34-year-old American then returned to Europe and wanted to, he says, at least, take the season to end. But when he got back on the skis, he noticed that the knee is still not back to normal. Another operation seems necessary. rumors about a possible resignation rejects Miller. "I love driving the ski race and will start as soon as possible the rehabilitation training. I still enjoy the sport and wants to pursue it as long as possible, "says the man who misses no opportunity to express their negative feelings about the ski circuit, the sport and the material.www.skionline.ch
Apparently the FIS (Skaardal) and Austrian coach Mandl among others were critical of Pfeiffer's course set (Skaardal said it wasn't a GS, too fast and dangerous and Mandl said it was not acceptable) and apparently Pfeiffer will not be allowed to set courses anymore. Can you talk about this, if not now, in another blog, as you're somebody who has been in the fray so to speak. Is this FIS/Austrian bias against Vonn/USA. They seem to change their "rules" when they don't like outcomes, a lot of whining and moaning, makes this sport look less credible. Please help out. Thanks very much for your always informative blog.
March 4, 2012 | NG
This is what Marie-Michèle Gagnon @MarieMGagnon was writing on her twitter account about the GS course setting
I'm so glad I raced a few SG this year, cuz that second course today was STRAIGHT! #setforspecificskiers
@NG : it´s so typical to make an Austrian bashing out of every bullsh.. Looks like there also NON austrians who didn`t like the course setting even though it doesn`t suits your negative Austrian picture. By the way : a fast GS course setting would have benefitted Lizz Görgl as well. SOURCE: www.alpineraceconsulting.com
Rebensburg experienced "hammer" - U.S. coach in criticism
APA. Victoria Rebensburg described her double in the World Cup in Ofterschwang Riesentorläufen with "hammer". The impact is likely to be sustainable is that the German championship titles but the giant ball probably not be taking. Two races before the end she has 135 points ahead of the US-American Lindsey Vonn. Their coach Roland Pfeifer received from harsh criticism.
It was in contempt of the jury instruction in the future, probably no longer qualify as a price setter. Together "Excessive speed and away from prepared slopes" took Atle Skaardal, the race director of the International Ski Federation (FIS), the offense of Pfeifer. "A giant will remain a Giant, which I expect for the future," said Skaardal, who announced a debriefing session at the World Cup group. In place of her Austrian coach Vonn was probably implicated critical sets the designated overall World Cup winner but a far greater risk to the day when many other racers.
"Most of the girls had to cope with the fast pace," said Austria's racing director Herbert Mandl. Among the coaches regarding the criticism of the price reduction would have been were largely agreed. "If everyone does what he wants, we soon degenerated to the mess. This is not acceptable. I am sure that he was locked out", Mandl was clear words. From a dangerous race, as noted occasionally by coaches, would not speak Skaardal.
To stand in the giant slalom World Cup, in which Elizabeth Görgl and Fifth and Sixth Fenninger than 177 or 178 points behind Rebensburg, Mandl said, "Even if the theoretical chance still there, the train has left for us." Görgl came in the two-Ofterschwang Riesentorläufen the ranks of three and eight, Fenninger fell out on Friday and Saturday as the fourth-placed. Stefanie Köhle built as Eighth and Eleventh already diligently at the base for next season.
The advantage of Rebensburg after the first run of 1.68 seconds on Vonn (sixth) melted with the Super-G similar final run at 0.26 seconds. That there would be enough to win, did not believe Vonn after their ride. Too much is Rebensburg to their distinct feeling that is asked on this soft spring snow. "It belongs to those who have the best feel for the snow. It will definitely be a big favorite for the World Cup in a few years ago," Vonn tapped.
Absolutely on both accounts. My first thought when I saw it run on TV was that is was set specifically for LV. BUT, was it legal? And was it safe? And was it a fair interpretation of course setting given the conditions? THose are important issues and if you are not standing on the hill there is no way to know. But 2nd run sets at World Cup are very tricky because very often you can get away with whatever you want because the timeline is very tight due to TV schedules. I have seen more than one illegal (and unacceptable) 2nd run GS due to the schedule. I also had 15 minutes in Alta Badia one year to set a second run. My guys went 1st and 3rd that afternoon and I definitely tried to set to their strengths. But no one bitched because my guys liked to turn. But for sure it was way fast and it was for LV. I also set the snd run in Korea when Ted came from 15th for his first GS win. Again, I had 15 minutes to get it done and just took what I had and made it turnier the whole way. If I was setting for Daron, I might have made it straighter?
And before we start going off on Austria bashing, remember that Roland was an integral part of the Austrian development machine for a very, very long time. There are personal relationships there we can only begin to understand.
Two more things: 1 is that this is not a USA/AUSTRIA thing. LV is long gone in the overall. There is no point in sour grapes at this point, VIki is going to win the GS globe.
2 is that we are on the cusp of changing ski rules in GS that will cause the sport to be a little uglier because turning will become more difficult. It will cost the manufacturers millions of dollars that will be burdened by the junior racers throughout the world. And the real answer might be in course setting. The rules are already pretty tight at certain venues but on a flat, winding trail, you can let it open up and get some very high speeds regardless of the skis you are on. Ofterschwang would be EXTREMELY fast on 30 or 35 m radius skis. Why do you think LV killed everyone? She likes speed and she was on a 30 m (or more) mens ski. Think about it...