Mind you, she has not skied since the crash, but she had such a lead built up and no woman was able to dominate the downhill event sufficiently to overcome Lindsey’s total. One wonders where Lindsey would be if she was able to compete till the end of the season, I bet she would be fighting it out with Tina Maze for the overall title.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are about one year away. The 2010 Winter Olympic games excited myself. I enjoyed watching and commenting on the games. The reason for this is obviously because it is the most widely viewed exhibition of competitive skiing. Yes, of course, I view the Olympics as essentially another set of stops (at least unofficial stops) on the FIS tour, and in fact, I get to watch plenty of World Cup skiing now.
The Winter Olympics — What I Like
I like to see the winter sports get some major attention from the world. I like the fact that sports I like to participate in gets the attention I believe these sports deserve. I like the fact I am in a genuine position to intelligently comment on and share those observations. Back in 2010 this effort was undergoing a revival and I had a good time writing up on the Olympics.
The Winter Olympics — What I hate
I generally consider the International Olympic Committee corrupt, it is a shame but they are a private entity so in the end if they are okay with it then so be it. I remember when Toronto was in the running for the 2008 Summer Olympics game and they lost out to China, to myself that was a foregone conclusion.
I also detest the fact that many people whine about the coverage of skiing. I mean they complain like they expect it will take front and center. Is it their first winter Olympics games? Every winter the broadcast network delays and abbreviates coverage of the events. Yeah, I would like to see the entire field run but even during the World Cup season we get an hour and a half of event coverage and we usually see abbreviated runs.
Lindsey Vonn’s crash rocked the FIS ski world. These snow athletes are the best in the world but even they go back and forth over the edge of control. One moment they are in control the next moment they are fighting to regain control. In Lindsey’s case things were going well and before she could do anything it was all over but the helicopter ride to the hospital.
The ski then goes off on its own and torques her kneee, spins and tumbles her around, then both of her skis finally release, but the crash has done its damage. I have not seen anyone say with certainty what happened and the type of fracture she received is a lateral tibial plateau fracture which occurs in the upper part of the tibia just below the knee and SportsMD (http://www.sportsmd.com) says this about this kind of fracture:
How does a tibial plateau fracture occur?
Tibial plateau fractures occur by three main mechanisms. The first is by a medial or lateral based force (such as the so called “bumper fracture” when a car’s bumper strikes the outside of a person’s leg creating a valgus, or inward, force across the knee). The second mechanism is by a pure axial, or compressive force (such as a fall from height). [emphasis added] The third mechanism is by a combination of both axial and medial or lateral directed force.
That is, the impact of Lindsey landing broker her tibia and then the ski caught the edge and torqued her ACL nad MCL apart. When I see the crash that is my overwhelming thought, her tibia breaks and then the rest of the injuries happen. Hard to believe as Lindsey is well-known for her dedication to training and I am sure she is eating well, but that gives one an idea of the forces involved here.
The other possibility is the valgus force, but after watching the video I do not believe that is what happened, it appears she lands and then all support on the right side of her body is gone and she collapses over that lost right leg, but the right leg remains fairly straight, that is it does not appear as if there is any serious sideways forces to the knee at that immediate point.
Lindsey Vonn — the Aftermath
She has a long road ahead of her, especially if she wants to compete in the Sochi Olympics. However, she has the time and resources available to her to make that happen. I assume as soon as she can she will be seeing trainers and therapists to get her going again. Lindsey Vonn is going to amaze people!
Lindsey Vonn — and the Snark
I have seen some very snarky comments about her, read through the YouTube comments after the video I present. I think they are quite uncalled for but I see where they are coming from. Lindsey’s season was one of brash talk about joining the men’s circuit and then mixed results in the women’s racing prior her month break.
Lindsey Vonn — Fierce
Lindsey Vonn is a fierce competitor and this is not going to get in her way and she is also a seasoned skier and I believe she will be quite comfortable getting back into the starting house. Godspeed on yoru recovery Lindsey!
Japanese skiing wins a worldcup skiing podium in the men’s slalom event at Madonna di Campiglio, with a third place finish by Naoki Yuasa. You know what, that is rare and I am glad to see it.
Japanese Skiing — Nordic Mostly
If you are at all familiar with Japanese skiing you know they are more competitive in the Nordic events especially ski jumping. Why is this? There are a number snow resorts in Japan and they are very competitive in a number of winter athletic events, so why the lack of outstanding Alpine ski program? The same goes for Russia too, again competitive in almost every winter event but for Alpine skiing. However, Russia is focusing on SkiX.
I can understand why many nations do not field competitive ski teams, many nations do not have ready access to snow and so there is no interest, except for maybe a handful of their expatriates.
One Unlikely Ski Nation
Despite their foray into bobsledding Jamaica is not a snowsports nation. Erol Kerr is an exception in an exceptional nation. Erol Kerr is a SkiX competitor and I have yet to see him in a SkiX event this year. Of course we do not expect Jamaica to field any skiers let alone one.
Most of us who pay attention to the ski world know Lindsey Vonn petitioned the FIS to compete against the men in Alpine skiing. The FIS denied her request. Lindsey Vonn is one tough skier and she skis on men’s skis.
There is no doubt Lindsey Vonn would regularly beat about 2/3rds of the men on the current circuit, at least in the speed events of downhill and super-g skiing, but I am skeptical she would be on the podium very often. There is also no doubt I do not want to see an event like Billy Jean King vs. Boggy Riggs and I am sure the FIS does not want that happening either.
My thoughts on this are is that Lindsey could usually wind up near the top, but I also have no doubt she would not get as many podiums and she would not be contending for the overall title either. I am glad the FIS did not allow the event to turn into something other than skiing. I do not blame Lindsey she is looking for more challenge, after all to her it must seem routine to get on the podium.
Lindsey Vonn is the top US skier of the current generation and there is no doubt about that.
Yes, he did officially complete the run, he avoided the dreaded DNF. Pay particular attention to the comments made by the commentators, wonder if that was a stock phrase (you will know which one) or if it was something he came up with at the moment. I guess not, the phrase refers to a skating move innovated by Dorothy Hamill.
Well, Laurenne is back on her skis and participated in the women’s downhill race at Bad Kleinkirchheim in Austria. The crash did not look real nasty but it sounds like the damage done to Laurenne was fairly serious and there are a lot of reminders of that accident left with Laurenne (just saw an interview on Universal Sports).
The biggest problem, for her, fortunately is not the physical but the mental. That mental remnants of that crash can be very difficult to overcome. When I was a boy I was playing little league baseball and got beaned, it took me nearly a whole year to approach the plate without fear, unfortunately, that was as my little league career was ending (and I was really putting the wood on the ball), what happened to Larenne was a lot worse than what happened to myself.
The accident occurs about 23 seconds into the video.
In fact, if you are looking at the same video image I see this is the moment Laurenne loses it and from that image, she is obviously in trouble.
Nothing is obvious as to what happens, the video is close and tight on Laurenne, but Picabo notes that Laurenne hit some irregularity on the course and put her out of control, and at the speeds these women are skiing lapses of control can get you intro trouble very quickly.
I remember skiing once, the skiing was late in the season and the snow cover on the hill was very soft and irregular. I was skiing down a hot run and on a headwall and half the headwall was covered with moguls. I was headed for the moguls and went to turn away form those moguls. I caught a ski edge and that caused me to keep going straight for that mogul field. Fortunately, I was able to pull the errant ski back in time and reestablish control and make the turn I needed. However, at that time I was not skiing 60 mph but probably more like 20 mph or so.
While the thoughts at these times are not very well put together they are certainly focused on Oh-Oh! Here is to Laurenne’s speedy return to the slopes!