Amid all the hullabaloo during the early days of the 2010 Winter Olympics, when the world, or mostly the sniping-British-media part of it, was bashing Vancouver for a lack of snow, snarled transportation, unsold tickets, a comedic opening ceremony (recall: Wayne Gretzky riding in the back of a pickup), a deadly bobsleigh track and some genuinely crappy weather, one of the major story lines in Whistler — fogged-in and crappy though the mountain weather was — involved Lindsey Vonn’s bruised right shin.
Would it keep the all-American ski racer with the all-American good looks from winning Olympic gold in the women’s downhill? Would it make her hold back? The Whistler course was icy. Dangerous. I know. I was there. But when the sun finally cracked through the clouds there was Lindsey, dazzling in the sunlight, blasting down the mountain and blasting away any doubts about her shin while crossing the finish line 0.56 seconds ahead of Julia Mancuso, the eventual silver medalist.