Last week McKinney, for one, was optimistic. "We are all so positive," she said of her teammates. "I think I'm happy now." She certainly was after her fine showing in Park City. At the finish line on Sunday she said, "My skis feel so sweet, I want to dance. I haven't been number 2 in so long that I almost forgot how it felt."
America's Opening just might have a double meaning. U.S. women may be embarked on a new trail to success and happiness. As Woods said last week, "We didn't really expect to come out here and win. But the enthusiasm, the punch was there. It's not time to break out the champagne yet, but we sure aren't disappointed."