Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interesting comparison between Reilly McGlashan and Harald.

Reilly McGlashan in my opinion is one of the best free skiers in the world. He's the next generation of Richie Berger type free skiers. 

If you look at both bodies from the waist down, almost identical.

The differences are mostly in arms and pole presentation. Not that one is better than the other, they are different.
Although the shoulder counter of both skiers is similar; the pole presentation for the pole tap is different. Harald's planting arm is more externally rotated. Either works well, because Reilly's arm doesn't move forward to affect his counter or holding of his hip and shoulder counter.
Harald makes sure with this presentation, his shoulder and arm action never contribute to rotation.

Both skiers hold their countered hip, and shoulders, during their transitions.

Harald: "I really like Reilly's inside arm discipline, it's better than mine, even though inside arm and pole tip forward, is a big PMTS goal. Reilly's release also has more,  "jet",  he really let's his skis explode forward at release and catches them, pulls them back for tip engagement before the next arc. This is very athletic skiing. I tend to be more absorbing of energy, probably due to my old knees and having less strength than Reilly."

I have to ski more in the center of my skis and even more centered and forward on my skis. Reilly with younger knees can take more chances with his release, by letting his hips drop at release.

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4 comments:

daniel janssen said...

I agree that Reilly is a terrific skier and I see the resemblance. However, your skiing looks fluid and effortless, while Reilly's looks powerful and tiring. For me, true masters make their performance look easy. Look at the way Steph Curry shoots the ball, Usain Bolt runs the 100 m, Mikaela skis slalom and Harald skis anything.

Squawbomber said...

Thank you Harold for turning us on to Reilly and his friends, amazing young skiers who we can watch and emulate with proper technique.

Squawbomber said...

Thank you Harold for turning us on to Reilly and his friends, amazing young skiers who we can watch and emulate with proper technique.

Icanski said...

Really interesting discussion and points, and great watching you guys ski together.
This is the first time I've seen Reilly. Can you tell us a bit more about him, and since he skis so much like you, Harald, where did he learn to ski in such a similar way?
Thanks