Originally Posted by August
That's actually a surprising fact, but maybe explained by the thing that event specialists get good points from victories whereas great all-rounders can't get enough points from more competitions yet getting lower points in them. On the other hand, major championship medalists should be able to get good points all season long. I've been wondering this, are Norwegian Alpine skiers more World Ch'ships/Olympics-oriented than others, Norwegians always do well in major ch'ships?
Could that be because Nordic skiing is more prominent in Norway and major ch'ships are very important in Nordic skiing?
Right now Svindal is taking another dominant victory, this time in super-g. He leads Adrien Theaux by 0.85 sec.
And Ligety is on fourth position, losing only 0.06 sec to Theaux. He can be a dangerous contender for the overall Cup if he continues like this in super-g and dominates giant slalom.
And a nice 7th place coming for Finland's Andreas Romar in today's super-g, going to be his best result alongside 7th pos. in last year's Val Gardena super-g. And yesterday's downhill was his best downhill performance, 16th.
Aamodt and Kjus were asked the same question, and they denied being more Championship focused than their competitors. They gave other reasons for their success. During the season they would generally be more tired than the event specialists, because of all the travelling, but not during championships where all events were in the same place. And most importantly - the nervous pressure on them to perform was less. If they started off with a bad race, then there's still four medals left to fight for. If a competitor started off with a bad race then perhaps his championship was already done, or he'd only have one more chance left.