Sunday, September 7, 2014

Develop 13 year olds with World Cup skiing!

All the elements of World Cup skiing technique are in this 13 year old skiers turn. This technique has been developed through movement training over the past 6 years.
What specifically are we looking for? First this is achieved with the understanding by the skier, of 5 key principles and they are achieved through constant reminding, questioning and self-evaluation and precise use of exercises.

Key ingredients or Essentials:

!. You see a strong upper body to lower body relationship that increases rather than decreases through the arc. This ability is rarely seen in 13 year olds, especially on steeps like this, on hard chattered ruts in GS. This is coached and learned, based on a partnership between athlete and coach that requires time and effort, doesn't happen naturally or by happenstance.

2. The inside ski is light and all the energy from the arc is going through the leg to the outside ski, "skeletally aligned". Some canting of the boot facilitated this, but the skier's dedication to skiing movements and the correct exercises refined it.

3. The inside ski is pulled back and the skier is perfectly balanced Fore/aft. An unusual capability in this age group, again it's a coached and learned; the emphasis on this movement is what attains it.

4. Although the one key element that is not easily seen in a one photo frame, is also present or this skier could never reach this performance. And that is "tipping ability". This skier reaches quality turns like this through tipping movements by increasing his ski angles through the arc; beginning at the initiation and he keeps increasing these angles until the release. There is never a stagnant or parked moment in this skiing. This refers to "lateral" movements in the boots, which is aggressively followed by inside leg flexing, tipping and relaxation.

This is one example of what is happening in other groups we coach and we are very proud of the kids, their dedication, the effort and hard work shows.

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