The Winter Olympics Put Many Professional Athletes On The Edge

The Winter Olympics Put Many Professional Athletes On The Edge

"If you look at this whole sport, the edges seem to be everywhere," said American Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who won a silver medal in the Super-G last week. "We always evaluate the risk and try to take as much risk as possible without crossing the line," said Cochran-Siegle.  

Already in Beijing, there have been snowboard cross falls, figure skating falls and daily short-distance speed skating pileups, which they compare to NASCAR. American Nina O'Brien broke her leg after falling from a giant slalom. "If you don't have a perfect landing on the edge, you're kind of in trouble," said Zoe Kalapos, an American snowboarder. In some sports, the literal border is accompanied by a figurative one.

Two-time gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin faced both in Beijing. American snowboarder Shaun White needed to take his second race in qualifying to reach the final on the U-ramp. Cochran-Siegle said most skiers in Beijing had suffered major injuries at some point in their careers. 

Source: AP News