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USA's success, failure came from risk

Updated: February 27, 2010, 7:18 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- The weather for the men's slalom on the final day of Alpine skiing was foggy, drizzly and miserable, the sort of conditions Bud Selig would likely deem optimal for the World Series. "Let's play two!" But as Americans and skiers of all nationalities missed gates and slid into the slop Saturday, only those with a very short memory could not look through the fog and see the American Alpine success at these Olympics.

The U.S. won eight medals here, ...

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