Friday, February 12, 2010

If Vonn Misses Out and Nurses Shin, Then No Olympic Panorama

Having seen her on the website, she poses as America’s Top Model instead of America’s star skier. Taking a glance at the Sports Illustrated ’s new swimsuit issue, Lindsey Vonn, the U.S. Olympic skier, isn’t skiing. She’s standing on the side of a mountain, wearing a white bikini and red snow boots.

Of course, our country is more interested in her photos. Wait, whatever happened to her, presumably, attaining Olympic gold medals in a quest at the winter games? She is the famous American icon in which most are anxious to watch her attempt bringing home medals.

But three days ago, Vonn spoke to swarming reporters as if she’s quitting before the Opening Ceremonies brighten the beautiful, clear, and crisped skies of British Columbia. The Winter Games are less than hours away, but after revealing uncertainty whether she is healthy even to ski in the games, it seems her priorities are wrong.

Could it be a felicitous dream, ending tragically for Vonn? If she’s delayed after suffering a deep shin bruise, a 20-year dream is ruined. That is, only if she’s not in good enough health to compete in all five of her events. The gorgeous sweetheart is glanced at as a marketing promoter, not a ski expertise attempting to accumulate gold medals or accolades at the Winter Games.

The precious girl is posing appealingly for the photographers and marketers of Sports Illustrated, losing focus of what’s at stake and any glorious deeds she may sustain. The sexy darling is, perhaps, appearing in photos in a white fur wrapped tight around her chest and trendy pants tight on her bottom. Anticipated across the U.S. to excel in the rainy confines on such a perennial platform as the world’s finest Alpine skier, in all likelihood she’s proficient of winning five gold medals.

As it stands though, fans are perturbed and push the panic button as curiosity of her health woes numb our consciousness, while we are still harping on the photos appearing in a recent magazine issue.

It’s obvious the injury could affect Vonn’s ability, when she informed the media of her incident during a training run last week in Austria. But she remained secretive, refusing to inform the world of a potential heartbreaker.

Here’s her excuse:

“I didn’t want to alarm anybody,” she said on Wednesday, a day supporters, the committee, and even her corporate sponsors stared and heard the shocking revelations.

That’s what no one wanted to hear, regarding a four-year event that isn’t as popular as in recent years. In the yesteryears, the Winter Games captivated our interest. But now, the Summer Games are praised for its competitive nature, but also for the more popular events displayed in which we truly have a zest embracing track and field, basketball, and swimming, thanks in large part to the great 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps.

So, greatly, the Winter Games need Vonn.

Unlike most women in sports, her athleticism and relentlessness have earned her a U.S. women’s record 31 World Cup victories while dealing with nagging pain. From a sliced tongue to an ailing back, she has experienced the pain and nursed injuries over the years.

What we’re witnessing now is a hellish Winter Games in Vancouver, a beautiful winter site where no one is really sure if there’s enough snow in the forecast, but enough rain to turn the Winter Games into the Soggy Games. Gloomed with a possible letdown, much attention is given to the big names, particularly if an athlete is nagged by severe injuries.

Unfortunately, Vonn is victimized by bad results. Had she not became a premier image of Sports Illustrated photos, Vonn probably wouldn’t had sustained brutal damage. Please understand, most athletes who appear inside—or worse, on the front cover—of Sports Illustrated is vulnerable of becoming jinxed.

Reminder: It still doesn’t mean she’s cursed, folks. Seen as the photo attraction, while everyone waited to see her as a skiing attraction. She is a victim of freak accidents, something uncontrollable and usually occurs when least expected. She’s suddenly experiencing a crestfallen episode, suffering the worse situation at the worse possible time.

It’s bad timing, since she’s chasing Olympic gold. She is chasing five gold medals and wishing to stand on the most prestigious stage. She wanted to be characterized and remembered as one of the finest Olympic stars to prosper in the Alpine events. If she somehow recovers in time, and attains all five gold medals, she’ll be known as one of the greatest skiing stars in U.S. Olympic history, if not the Winter Games.

It’s hard to envision Vonn winning any, when she has been unable to walk as well as unable to practice on skis. Earlier in the week, she had trouble and felt severe pain when she tried putting on a boot at the hotel.

”It’s hard to stay positive, you know,” Vonn said on Wednesday staring at reporters. “A week ago, I was feeling great, I was feeling healthy, I had no problems. And now, I’m sitting here today questioning whether I’ll be even able to ski. So, it’s not where I want to be, by any means. It’s probably the worst place that you can have an injury, because you’re constantly pushing against your boot, and there’s no way around it.”

The state of women’s athletics in America is becoming the epicenter of fashion, failing to acknowledge the competitiveness within the sport. Sometimes, women athletes forget the sport and become heavily concerned with popularity, while endorsed by fashion corporations.

Sadly, Vonn is more noticed if cameras are flashing, but captured fame based on her athleticism in prior years. She endorses the fancy and expensive watch called Rolex. More so, she’s the never Cover Girl. Seems that way, after talking about flaunting her body for an annual magazine swimsuit issue and the website. At least she’s not all over MySpace, I hope.

Another sponsor is Red Bull, the energy drink producing millions in profit. Sadly, we haven’t realized she’s an athlete, a prolific skier expected to participate in her first event called the Super-Combined on Sunday, aiming to win her first gold medal. It’s America, where all the tension and disappointment has deflated the pleasing scene. They traveled from the states to witness an Olympic panorama at Whistler Mountain.

Considering no U.S. Alpine skier has won more than two gold medals, Vonn was capable of reaching improbable glory in a country where premium skiers are groomed efficiently. But now, winning five gold medals seems impossible, when endorsing 10 sponsors and posing for photos seems realistic, simply because it’s stands for good business.

She’s a famous woman athlete, even though she’ll never earn as much perception as men athletes. Nowadays, women are getting equal opportunities at sports, but are still behold from the sexuality viewpoint, not the sports viewpoint.

It’s a redemptive tale, if she’s able to compete. The Turin Olympics wasn’t her best performance. Most of you probably remember when she crashed during the training and rested in the hospital. Oh, I remember.

At this time, it’s worth forgetting. Didn’t she recover? Yes. However, she raced in the downhill event, finishing eighth. Now is a moment for her to vanquish and erase the miserable flashbacks of the heartbreaking struggles.

Bad luck has slapped her hard in the face. Recently, Vonn rebounded quickly after sustaining a bruised wrist and somehow pressed on, when she managed a three-race win streak. That’s not all. She had a bloody accident when her knee bounced directly into her chin, in which her mouth bled after the sudden freak accident.

But somehow, she won the race.

She could be a world-class skier. Vonn has been devoted since she was two, and skied while growing up in Minnesota and Colorado.

We know she takes pride in the sport, but the question is now, can she compete?