U.S. Ski Team Goin’ Old School: Is History Repeating?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 17, 2010 8:45 pm

There have now been two alpine events officially in the books for Vancouver 2010 and of the 6 possible medals, Team USA has earned 3 of those medals. Bode has started his “grown up” approach to redemption, Lindsay Vonn is indeed the golden girl we thought she was, and Julia Mancuso showed us that her Olympic success is for real. While it is a little premature to clamor about how dominant the U.S. Ski Team is  in these Olympics, it isn’t too soon to question whether or not history might be repeating itself. Not since the 1984 winter games have a pair of Americans finished an alpine event in gold and silver, and more importantly it happened for both the U.S. men and the U.S. women. While Phil and Steve Mahre brought home the Gold and Silver in Slalom that year, Sarajevo also saw a pair of American females by the name of Debbie Armstrong and Christin Cooper grace the top of the podium in the same winter games.

So now we must beg the question, if Vonn and Mancuso already took care of the women’s side of things, is history destined to repeat itself with an American male 1-2 finish in another alpine event? And more importantly will it come in this weekend’s Men’s Super Combined? Considering Ted “Shred” Ligety is looking to defend his 2006 gold medal in that event and Bode Miller will be looking for redemption after holding the lead coming out of the downhill portion in 2006 only to get disqualified in the first run of the slalom, there is a very good chance that we might be seeing both of these guys put together some runs that give us a little “history repeating”. It could very well be a long shot for the U.S. to see another American 1-2 finish but I know I’ll be on the edge of my seat rooting for it to happen in one of the four men’s events we have remaining in Vancouver.

Team U.S.A. is starting to get a little 1984 on us so far, but there’s still time for all those favored Euros to catch up in the medal count. So hopefully we can keep the medals comin’, and if it happens to take place in the Men’s Super Combined, you’ll know you heard it here first. Go USA!