Jan 11, 2010 4:40 PM by Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press
The success of Lindsey Vonn on the ski slopes, Tim Burke in biathlon and Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick in Nordic combined is giving the U.S. a considerable lift a month before the Olympics.
With a string of World Cup successes across Europe, the four highlighted an historic weekend for the Americans gearing up for Vancouver.
By piling on the podiums, the Americans are raising expectations - both their own and others' - for a fruitful Winter Games.
Vonn said it's nice to read about all the Americans doing so well because the successes are going to give the U.S. "good energy that we need going forward."