U.S. alpine team press officer Doug Haney took this shot of the women’s Olympic speed team just before their ini- tial Vancouver press conference. Everyone is smiling and looking serene except, well, as you can see, it’s a little hazy. Who exactly is that monkey in the middle? Ah yes ... Ju- lia Mancuso. Maybe she’s training for a bars routine in the next summer Olympic Games.
THAT GIRL A
Even though the U.S. Ski Team is an Olympic fashion show on wheels thanks to Ralph Lauren and
Nike, Julia Mancuso is keeping her line of lingerie going strong, and now her crew is rolling around in
“Go Jules” hoodies featuring Mancuso’s own artwork, which you might have also seen featured in Visa’s
Go World commercials.
Thanks for the lift (part 3)
Shaun White knows how to make an entrance.
During a special press conference/fashion event
atop Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain, White, a favorite to defend his snowboarding halfpipe gold
medal, made a late but great entrance as he burst
from a special Oakley snow cat that pulled up to
the edge of the runway.
Water, water everywhere
Only the Austrians could raise a fuss over the methodology used in the bib draw for men’s downhill.
Whistler officials had chosen to use local river rock pebbles
with numbers painted on for the bib draw. The Austrians objected, saying that the numbers were too visible to those who
drew them. To solve the problem Olympic officials, including
the FIS World Cup director Gunther Hujara, scrambled to
find another way to manage the draw.
The decision — use the tops of Dasani water bottles. Officials twisted off 60 caps and numbered them for the draw.
No complaints from the Austrians, but it didn’t matter
anyway as the rains postponed that day’s downhill.
Let us know if you can
find the Autobot on the
Whistler trail map
Alice McKennis talks skiing with MTV ‘s
Sway in Whistler Village.