Earlier this year, teenage girls were told to choose between Team Whatever that Gay Werewolf Guy’s Name Is and Team Whatever that Gay Vampire Dude’s Name Is as a pre-marketing hype for the new Twilight movie.
Olympic fans have been given a similar choice on the slopes this year. Though Lindsey Vonn got all of the hype and magazine covers heading into the Games, Julia Mancuso has shown her mettle as quite an adept little racer herself. And the rivalry between the two has finally reached a head.
Or at least it did momentarily.
Mancuso was quoted in a Sports Illustrated article showing some resentment for Vonn’s star treatment, calling it “a popularity contest.” After all, people seem to pay more attention to Vonn’s shin and finger than they do to Mancuso’s pair of silver medals.
Things escalated in a weird manner on Wednesday when Vonn crashed at the bottom of the course, forcing Mancuso to go to the back of the line to re-start the run that she had begun while Vonn imitated the only time I ever went skiing by being tangled in a snow fence.
Afterwards, Mancuso tried to backtrack from her stance on Vonn and smooth things over. But you know what? I’m going to keep fighting the fight for her.
Overall, Mancuso’s two silvers are just as impressive as Vonn’s gold and bronze. And she has at least finished every race she has started, which is something Vonn can’t say.
While much attention has also been paid to Vonn’s looks, Ms. Mancuso is far from a slouch in that department. She has her own lingerie company, for goodness sake. I think it is safe to say that I would take Julia out for coffee and call her back. But just try to remember not to call her back as soon as I got home.
Anyway, are you on Team Mancuso or Team Vonn?