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The Olympics.

Distractions?  Tiaras?  Pearls?

Do you want to win?  Or do you want to be laughed at by the Austrians?

I can't imagine what Tamara McKinney (or even Daron), a Squaw Valley
local and all-time US skiing great who never won a medal, and who saw
Julia grow up racing - must have been thinking while watching Julia
dance around the finish area in the combined SL after mediocre skiing
and finishing NINTH.

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"Julia Mancuso, like Kildow just 21, became the first woman since
Street in 1996 to win two medals at the World Championships, earning
bronze in the super G and giant slalom last year. She had three
top-three finishes in the six World Cup races leading up to the
Olympics, but was seventh in the downhill and ninth in the combined in
these Games.

The Olympics, Riml acknowledged, can overwhelm young skiers.

'We try to treat it the same as a World Cup race,' he said, 'but the
difference is the stuff that goes on the side. There are distractions
here. That makes a big difference.'"

From:

"TORINO: Alpine: U.S. women still seeking first Olympic medal since Nagano"

February 20, 2006

"SAN SICARIO, Italy - Not since Picabo Street took gold in the super G
at the 1998 Nagano Games has an American woman won an Olympic medal in
alpine skiing."

http://www.skiracing.com/news/news_display.php/3502/ALPINE/newsArticles/

Or:

http://tinyurl.com/n5v8t

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"That's all fine, but this is America, where it's all about the Olympics.

It's all anyone cared about four years ago when Rahlves went to the
Salt Lake City Games thinking it was his moment. He was going to win
the downhill  and maybe the super-G  on a home-country course he
loved.

Of course, it didn't happen, starting with the downhill, as Rahlves
caught too much air on Flintlock jump, lost valuable time at the top
and ended up 16th.

'I was over-amped,' Rahlves says now as he looks back on the race he
still recalls as 'a huge disappointment.'

There were no champagne corks popped, either, when he improved to
eighth in the Olympic super-G.

Nobody needs to remind Rahlves of Tamara McKinney, who won the World
Cup overall title and has more victories, 18, than any female Alpine
racer in history  yet failed to resonate with the American public
because she never won an Olympic medal."

From:

"Low-key Daron Rahlves is poles apart from the outspoken Miller, but
he hopes they'll have something in common at Turin: podium finishes"

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 7, 2007

http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-rahlves7feb07,1,6061784.story?page=1&coll=la-headlines-sports-olympics

Or:

http://tinyurl.com/lggdu

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