Tuesday, June 30, 2020

At the beginning of his career Svindal was a top GS skier.


Svindal was one of the first racers to use a flexing retraction release in his GS skiing, demonstrated here. 



A bending or flexing release is a much more direct route to new angles and edge change.



Anna Fenninger Veith in her prime couldn't be touched in GS with a flexing GS release.

This release has no push or step. She unweights her skis by relaxing and bending the legs to change edges. 






This is a turn from the 1980 Olympics, stepping up was still part of the old school.





Tuesday, June 16, 2020

One of the racers I've been coaching since he was 6 years old.

                               Big changes in one season, this is perfect technically.
                   

                                 Cam shows World Cup technique with every movement.
                              
                                    Cam tightens the radius with more tipping under the gate.

                        Cam manages his upper body counter acting perfectly before the release.
                       Now he uses the perfect pole tap and flexing release.
  Showing this preparation for the top of the new turn. Lifting the old stance ski for perfect balance transfer to the new stance ski.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

How to use and identify "The Essentials of Skiing" to create and build angles to your skiing?

In this point in the arc, I increase inside leg bending and tipping, no knee drive or pushing to create edge hold is needed at this point. Angles that are developing are already enough to make the ski hold without and snow spray. This means the carve is clean.








Once the inside foot, boot and ski angles are created and the outside ski begins to need more angle to close the arc and tighten the radius, I add foot, ankle and slight knee tipping. This is done with a slight bending to reduce pressure to allow for easier tipping. This is where almost ever skier goes wrong. They try to add grip or edge hold, by pushing or extending. Follow the sequence and you will discover the secret of expert skiing that no one tells you.




From the previous photo to these 3 frames. This is the timing for more increase of inside leg bending, tipping and also inside foot pullback. These movements create angles and tighten the turn radius. Pulling the inside foot back, is the key to making the front of the ski bend into the arc. 






At the point of release this is where the biggest mistakes are made in skiing, note that there is no pole swing. The upper body is facing the energy.