Claws Come Out In Vancouver, Vonn and Mancuso Clash - Page 2
Vonn, knowing she didn't just squash her chances at a medal, but perhaps Julia's as well, said:
"I know she's disappointed and I feel terrible, but I crashed. I don't want to crash myself, let alone hurt my teammate's chances of getting medal, so I feel terrible. I hope she understands. I didn't want that to happen for the both of us, so I hope she has a good second run."
All of this coming on the heels of Vonn reacting to what seemed like fairly innocuous commenting from Mancuso earlier in the week. Julia said:
"It's such a popularity contest. Our team is struggling, as a group. People are having a hard time reaching their potential because it's such a struggle for attention. You come to meetings after races and it's like it's a bad day if Lindsey didn't do well."
To which Vonn responded with:
"I try to support Julia as much as I support all the other team mates. I have been racing with Julia since I was a little kid and yes we are competitors but I always support her and it has definitely hurt me that she has said some negative things about me.
"All I can do is continue to support her like I always have done and hope that she reciprocates that.
"I am always proud that an American is doing well and I was proud of her for being on the podium in downhill in super combined and it just bums me out."
It bums me out too. As much as I feel vindicated in my instincts that there was something not right between the two, I'd rather have been wrong.
Women, for all our maternal instinct, nurturing and selflessness, can also be extremely competitive and at times, petty. Beyond the facade of sisterhood we proclaim to have for each other, there's a simmering, boiling, festering cauldron of jealousy.
Now, imagine you have two top athletes, once close friends, now rivals, posturing to be the poster-girl for their sport. There's a lot at stake: sponsorships, endorsements, accolades and bragging rights. Silver's great (Julia's already picked up two in Vancouver), but gold's, well, golden.
Perhaps even more golden is the media attention Julia seems so desperate to want, and even, rightfully deserves. Today, Julia gets her second run at the GS, and I pray for both ladies, things go well.
Remember girls, there's no "I" in team.