Just saw Graham Watanabe run. He may be small, but sooo smooth. The other US rider are doing OK too- Seth Wescott is 14th in qualifying now. He looked really rough, and even went switch into the one turn.
I saw one other ridiculously smooth rider- big German dude. 6'2", 200+ lbs. What gets me though is the big squared off steps at the start. Such a lousy/slow way to start. Most of the riders are going to be knocked flat in that area.
Snow or sun, not rain
I can ride the slopes with snow, the streets with sun, but rain just plain sucks.