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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Patrick Riml
From Mikaela Shiffrin to Bode Miller, from Mario Matt to Henrik Kristoffersen, Alpine skiing at the Sochi Olympics was one for the ages.
You can see it in the freshness of the 18-year-old American's face, the gleam in her eye after snaring her first gold medal and the enthusiasm in her voice as she takes every question head on.
American skier Mikaela Shiffrin travels the world with her journals, filling them with thoughts about her sport and her life.
As Julia Mancuso and other Alpine skiers from the United States muddled their way through some less-than-auspicious results in pre-Olympic races on the World Cup circuit, the team's thinking - well, the hope, really - was that they'd get in gear at the Winter Games.
Patrick Riml is from ski-loving Austria. He grew up in that country, competed for its Alpine team, got his start as a coach there.
Biathlete Tracy Barnes and her twin sister went from virtual anonymity to quasi-celebrities almost overnight and all because of one noble gesture.
"If they don't let the best guys race then it would be absurd," said world champion Ted Ligety of the U.S. "It wouldn't be an event. ... They'll get it figured out. They'll make it so the best guys can race. It wouldn't make any sense otherwise."
BORMIO, Italy (AP) — If this was a trial run for the Sochi Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin passed with flying colors.
Vonn said Wednesday that she plans to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which start in 12 months. She was released from the hospital late Tuesday and returned to the team hotel.
"You never know about Bode," Riml said with a laugh.
"We've got to be patient," he said. "We know her potential. To throw her into speed (events) too soon, too much, it's not going to be healthy."