If you study these photos and compare them to the last photo in the series; I posted below, you will notice the contrast. The boot and leg and ski are no longer at right angles.
This is a very simple demonstration. I have added more recent turns from this season's races that demonstrate the exact same thing that appears in the last photo,. I also evolve this discussion on boots, biomechanics and their effect on a world cup skier.
I demonstrate what and how over cuff strong boots, which many are, affect all racers even juniors. Many boots don't have cuff adjustments, and some that do, don't have enough adjustability.
|When everything is lined up perfectly skiing looks like this.|
|This is about as extreme as it gets for angles, yet with this previous set up, which was correct, he didn't have problems with the release or the engagement, everything was naturally aligned and his body had no unusual contortions, it has now.|
|Again alignment and skeletal alignment making the forces run beautifully through his body.|
|When Hirscher's boots were right, he had a slight knee angulation that transmitted grip and power to the ski.|
It is clear in the photo below from the last race, that the lower leg is not lined up at the same angles as in all the other photos posted above. This affects Hirscher's ability to use his best technique. This isn't happening in one turn, it's an every race and almost every (right turn, left foot) turn phenomenon. He is losing in some races by very small margins., in spite of all his adaptive gyrations. This boot problem if corrected properly would go a long way to making that issue go away.
Here are some other examples from other runs and races, showing his mis-alignment. He has to make many adjustments and contortions he never used to make 2 to 3 years ago with the other boot models.
|With his older boots, say 3 years ago, you never saw these situations happening with Hirscher, he was the example of perfect skeletal alignment to the ski edges.|