It's been interesting to watch thegrowing tension between Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. It came to a head today when Vonn's crash interrupted Mancuso's first run. But you could tell from the very first medal ceremony that the relationship between the two ran as cold as the wind on top of Whistler Mountain. And now Mancuso claims the "popularity contest" is affecting performance.
I know athletes are a quirky bunch and - while amazingly focused - can be thrown off kilter by even the smallest of things.
But here are two grown women who are creating an Olympic-sized controversy.
Nice fodder for the cameras... the news media... and, well, bloggers like me.
But I'd like to go a different route with this. This blog is about accomplishment, and here I'd like to focus on the lack of accomplishment. Have you ever noticed among people who chronically have trouble achieving their goals (not that a few gold and silver medals constitute a lack of accomplishment) tend to blame external forces for their failures?
Vonn seemed surprised by the accusation. No shock there. When people are accused of undermining the accomplishments of others, the first reaction generally is "Huh?"
Things can go in a few directions, but often it's all downhill from there. And not just any downhill - the Combined-Super-G-Giant-Slalom of gravitational pull. Why? Because the other side gives credence to the accusation instead of blowing it off or ignoring it.
It will be interesting to see where this one goes. Office politics on the slopes? Maybe. Kiss and make up. Doubtful.
The next time somebody tries to pull you into their lack of accomplishment, take a step back, a deep breath, and give yourself time to consider the source and analyze the situation. Because if you don't... trust me, that first turn-and-drop is a nasty one.