I know it's not an exact analogy, but imagine winning the World Series and then going back to make up some regular-season rainouts.
That's what Olympic champions like Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis are doing.
And that's what makes the way they are doing it even more impressive.
World Cup seasons in several Olympic sports resumed a week after the torch went out in Vancouver, Canada.
Alpine skiing downhill gold medalist Vonn and speedskating 1,000-meter gold medalist Davis picked up right where each had left off.
Vonn won Saturday's World Cup downhill in Crans Montana, Switzerland, her 10th win on the circuit this winter, which set a U.S. single-season record and tied her with Bode Miller for most career victories (32) by a U.S. skier. She also finished second in Sunday's super-G.
(Julia Mancuso, surprise double medalist at the Olympics, was third in the super-G, the first podium finish in the last two seasons by a U.S. woman other than Vonn.)
Davis, meanwhile, won both 1,000-meter races at the World Cup in Erfurt, Germany. He is six for six at that distance this season.
Both Vonn and Davis have World Cup finals on tap this week.
A few other post-Olympic matters:
-- Barring a change of plans, Kim Yuna of South Korea will be the first newly minted women's figure skating gold medalist to compete at the ensuing world championships since Kristi Yamaguchi in 1992.
And Kim's celebrity has reached even higher levels in South Korea, to the point that heads of major corporations are using her as the exemplar of success, according to the Korea Times.