Street knows how important a slim margin can be. At the 1998 Games in Nagano, she won the Super G by one-hundredth of a second.
"It comes down to something besides ski racing,'' she said of such a tight race. "One one-hundredth of a second means more to me than whether I was the best skier on the mountain. It has more to do with the type of person I am and how I'm rewarded. By the good Lord. He doesn't bless people who are mean, he doesn't reward people who are scrubs. I honestly think I was blessed with an Olympic gold medal because of the person I am.''
Well, I'm not sure silver medalist Michaela Dorfmesiter would agree she finished second in that race because of some moral failing. But it would make for a darn interesting tiebreaker.
"And now we go to sudden death overtime, where a priest, a rabbi and a minister will walk into a bar and review the athletes' morality. The winner not only gets the gold medal but everlasting life.''
"I wouldn't want to be the silver medalist there, Bob.''
Perhaps Street is right and character does play a part. But I prefer Gisin's view.
"I don't think you can race for hundredths of a second. Hundredths is always luck,'' Gisin said. "But luck comes back once in your life. One time you're on one side, one time you're on the other. Maybe just once you're in the middle, like today.''