3/12/2005 Add a comment

Super-G overall champ Bode Miller thinks that skiing should be televised in the U.S. more. He argues: "People in the U.S. will watch anything if it's put in front of their face over and over again." It's sad but true, but couldn't we get soccer instead?

Nonetheless, Miller is the first American to win the overall title in the super-G, which is pretty amazing. He's a household name in Austria and Switzerland. Here, though, we only give a crap once every four years. And then a couple of months later, everyone except Mary Lou Retton or Flo Jo drift back into the ether. I am always amused by how much gold medal winners expect to cash in on their success, but six months later they have dropped off the face of the earth. Where's Michael Phelps? Where's the Hamm twins? No one cares. A bitter reality for athletes who train so hard to get to the Olympics. ben