@thebestjasmine I'm gonna go with humility is underrated, and arrogance not necessary for throwing oneself off an icy cliff. But that's just me.
@flanhoodles totally possible. I think it's awesome she works out so much, but none of the other athletes really felt it as necessary to talk about as much as she did.
@parallel-lines Mancuso could make a tiara out of all the medals she's won. And if I remember correctly, all of Team USA had issues with Queen Lindsey in Vancouver.
@Vicky after some clever googling, I stand corrected. What she actually said was something closer to, "I hope you stay, I want you on the podium with me." Maria was currently in third, with Lindsey on top. Lindsey had suggested to her good friend that her position wouldn't change, but that it was possible the skiers left to compete would knock Maria off the podium. Really classy. Also, turns out Vonn doesn't really value their friendship: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/story/2011-10-19/lindsey-vonn-season/50826726/1
@Aeroplane yeah, see above where I was just ripped to spreads because I don't worship Lindsey as her arrogance bothers me. Ambivalence is a perfect way to describe my feelings towards Vonn.
@fondue with cheddar You could totally be right about that.
Although I agree she is a tremendous athlete, I found her a bit full of herself to the point of annoyance during the Vancouver games. She was constantly praising herself in interviews (seriously! Every single one was "I've spent so much time in the gym," as if that were something people would find impressive/surprising about a world-class athlete). If I'm remembering correctly, after she finished the Super G in Vancouver in great time, the TV microphone caught her hugging her friend Maria Riesch and saying "I want you on the podium with me," presuming she had won the gold even though there were several skiers left. She ended up with bronze. It just put a sour taste in my mouth, and I've been on team Mancuso ever since.
Yeah, he did it. That WaPo piece was the nail in the proverbial coffin for me.
Also, I just read "Broken Harbor," so that may have contributed to my bias.
@Stella Forstner Your response is very generalized - "I don't see that happening/all that I've seen." It's certainly plausible that people who belong to religious groups cling more to their beliefs when they feel threatened, but it's also plausible that people research criticisms of their religion, take them into consideration, and perhaps leave their church based on their own conclusions. Cleaving more strongly to their group is certainly not the only outcome.
True story: sometimes I read the Wiki pages for scary movies (most recently, Paranormal Activity 4), because I am too chicken to watch but still so intrigued! This is why the Hairpin knows my brain.