Tea Time with the World Cup’s Latest Casanova
“Tomba was crazy and I am crazy; Tomba loved the girls and I love the girls,” says Christof In-
nerhofer of Italy when asked to compare himself to the Italian ski racing legend.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Marco Sullivan of the U.S. Ski Team spent some quality time with the
Sullivan tasted some hot berry tea as recommended by the Italian jokester
and was served up by a nice young lady at a small stand in the finish area.
“I was like, ‘Hey, Inner which is the best flavor?’ and he was like, ‘She is the
best flavor,’” said the American downhiller, laughing about his Italian buddy.
Sullivan continued the story: “Then he gets his tea and says, ‘It is VERY
HOT, just like she!’ and the girl was like, ‘Ohhhh-K.’”
Although he’s still 48 World Cup victories shy of Tomba, Innerhofer seems
to be making progress chasing some of Alberto’s other achievements.
The last time the Waxroom checked, British ski racer
Chemmy Alcott was still heating up the ice with top scores in
the U.K.’s “Dancing on Ice.” Here she is in a showdown with
former child star Corey Feldman.
Face time on Facebook
Congratulations to Ski Racing fan Joe Simonds, who wrote the winning
caption for this photo of Lindsey Vonn (left) and Maria Hoefl-Riesch, shot just
after Hoelf-Riesch beat Vonn in St. Moritz by three-hundredths of a second.
Wrote Simonds for the prize (a Yetti Apparel hooded sweatshirt): “Is that chin
guard legal? I think it sticks out by 0.03 too much.” With the FIS regulations
we’ve seen this season, who knows? Chin-guard length just might be next.
Bib Draw Drama When Bode Miller showed up three minutes late for the vening public bib draw in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the fol- lowing morning’s downhill, FIS race officials punished him by bumping him out of the top seed and down to start position umber 46. Fifteen racers are required to be present 15 minutes before the official start of the draw. A convincing attorney or highly skilled PR type might make the argument that Bode was actu- ally 12 minutes early. “We must be there 15 minutes early every time, I think it’s too much to wait,” said Christof Innerhofer of Italy. “I think it’s a lit- tle bit too strict, but it’s Miller, for him it’s no problem, I think.” “I think when a rule is on paper, rules are rules and that’s how
it has to be — that being said, I don’t agree with the rule,” added Canada’s Erik Guay.
While Miller was reprimanded and fined for being three minutes tardy, the FIS were more than a tad late themselves updating the revised startlist on their website. Actually it was never updated, not even 16 hours after the
incident, as Germany’s Stephan Keppler kicked out of the starthouse to begin the race.
But everyone did receive this “highly” official startlist, above.