Meanwhile, the man most affected by the scandalous men's listings, U.S. Coach Bob Beattie, was trying to force a change, and at the same time to stiffen his team's morale against probable failure. The U.S. fate was not irrevocably sealed, however. Hodler, for instance, was saying, "I don't consider the list final. It can be amended by the skiers themselves doing well in the races coming up now before the Olympics, first in Val d'Is�re, and most important, later at the Lauberhorn and the Hahnenkamm."
This was not too hopeful, since what Hodler actually was saying was that in three races between now and the Olympics, America's established international stars will be given a poor chance to prove that they are as good as people they have already beaten. Chuck Ferries, unquestionably one of the world's five best slalom racers, will be allowed to prove he is a little better than 23rd. Buddy Werner, one of the three best in downhill, can show that he isn't 12th. And Billy Kidd, Bill Marolt and Jimmy Heuga, all of whom are admittedly feared—and not just politely—by their high-seeded European rivals, will have a chance to show that they are not just three nice boys in red-white-and-blue ski suits.
However, any decision to change the current men's lists before the Olympics begin must come from Faure. And Faure himself seems pleased that he can please nobody. Four nations in addition to the U.S. have complained about his seeding: Norway, Sweden and, surprisingly, also Austria and France. Faure's belief is that if everybody complains, the seedings must be correct, and therefore should remain untouched. "I didn't consult anyone before the list was issued," he said, "but I would have loved to have had somebody working with me. I've come to the conclusion nobody is happy. My own countrymen called the list scandalous because they wanted 10 of their competitors in the first 20. The next time I don't want the same trouble, just a job of simple mathematics."
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