Think what you will, but many Vancouver Olympics athletes now rely heavily on sports psychologists to help them focus and perform at their best.
Bode Miller has won three medals in three races at these Winter Olympics. With two races left, will he feel any pressure – as he did in Turin – to win five?
Americans Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis – and even Apolo Ohno – were favorites for gold Saturday. Their opponents put in fantastic performances, but there were other factors, too.
The US has won six alpine skiing medals in the first four events, the most it has ever won in a single Winter Olympics – and Lindsey Vonn's best event, the super-G, is today.
The debacle in Turin turned many Americans against Bode Miller, despite his historic success in alpine skiing. Winning silver in the men's super-G Friday – along with his earlier downhill bronze – has given Americans a better measure of the skier.
Russian Alexander Tretyakov hits the padding at the end of his second heat in the Men's Skeleton during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, on Feb. 18.
One of the Winter Olympics' best rivalries – the Swiss vs. the Austrians in alpine skiing – has been one-sided in recent years. But a gold Monday and the promise of another Tuesday shows Switzerland is making a comeback.
For American Bode Miller, bronze in the men's downhill Monday was a sign of how much his attitude toward the Winter Olympics has changed since Turin.