Friend, I don't root against ANYONE. And while I may not understand the cult of personality that surrounds Jones, and view her bent for Canadian medical expertise with narrowed eyes, I wish her all the best, as I do all of members of humanity.
Dear Guru, If what you are saying is true, I owe you a sincere apology. I had no idea I was in the cyber-presence of such rare greatness. I met the Dalai Lama once a couple of years ago. I have that same awe-inspired feeling of humility now with you. You root for everybody. No favorites, no rivals. Just GO HUMANITY from you. And what seemed like disgusting, petty, Lolo hating from you was in fact, me projecting my own small-minded thinking upon the situation. You root for everyone. Of course, in the zero-sum games of athletic competition, rooting for everyone is actually rooting for no one... Semantics. You have found your high self. I am still looking for mine. Namaste, Guru. Namaste
guru wrote:While the start record by Jones and Meyers was impressive, it's worth noting that Aja Evans wasn't in a sled this week(Madison sat out as well).
Guru, I'm not sure why you feel the need to footnote Jones when she does well.
And yet, footnote is exactly what YOU did when the Evans and Madison teams handily beat Jones/Fenlator off the blocks at Lake Placid.
decafan wrote:It's not really possible to get an apples to apples comparison on those start times. Remember, the driver also pushes. Fenlater is the slowest pusher of the drivers. Meyers is the fastest.
And as YOU said, Meyers is the fastest of the drivers.
Evans pushed for Fenlator this week and they tied for the third-best start time across the two legs, pretty good considering that Fenlator is the weakest pusher of the three US drivers. Meyers/Eberling came away with the track-record start and finished second after two good rides.
Jones and Madison pushed for Meyers and Fenlator respectively in the team event, where each team gets one run on bobsled and skeleton of each gender. Meyers/Jones had the second-best start out of eight sleds while Fenlator/Madison were fourth.
CAN1 has won all for World Cup races so far--their rookie brakewoman Chelsea Valois was the 2011 CIS pentathlon champion and competed in the heptathlon at the Canadian trials earlier this year.
Meyers/Eberling finished second after an exciting race that saw second through sixth place separated by just 0.17 seconds after four runs. Fenlator/Evans had good starts but only two good drives, finishing eighth. Greubel/Azevedo struggled to fifteenth, the worst finish for an American sled this year.
The season is not quite over as they go to Sochi for the Olympic test event in two weeks. Overall it's been very encouraging for the US.
Meyers/Evans finish second in the season's final event on the Olympic track in Sochi, putting down the fastest time on a second run where the track seemed to degrade and some of the other top competitors were well off the pace.