This is nothing new.
The same thing happened to Bode Miller back during the Winter Olympics in 2006. The New Hampshire native was already a two-time overall World Cup champion — something no American man had accomplished since Phil Mahre — and had a pair of Olympic silver medals he won at Salt Lake City in 2002. But four years later, Miller was a much bigger star, which meant Olympic broadcasting partner NBC went all in with the hype surrounding Miller’s opportunities in Turin, Italy.
Miller went 0-for-5 that year. He was roundly declared a massive disappointment, and his laissez-faire attitude translated to the general public as an athlete who didn’t care. The rest of us might simply know him as one of the best skiers in American history.
Now, it’s happening to another one of our country’s best-ever skiers.