Saturday, May 20, 2017

Skiing analysis of top world cup slalom skiers.

Here in the video link above: You can see how there are  differences between soft and hard angles. Soft angles look like bigger angles, however, they end up taking longer to create, and making the skis take a longer wider line. Hard angles, as I refer to them,  require less inward angulation, less vertical separation of the feet and have less arc distance from the gate and a shorter radius.  This produces more pressure and rebound from the turn.

Differences between the two skiers is stance width, and fore/aft balance. This has an impact on line and time in the arc. Weaker stance, is wider, and has more scissoring between the feet, in both instances this affects ski performance.

There is a distinct pattern of skiing by David Ryding and others on the same equipment, related to the boot brand and alignment set up as well. This article points out how technique is related to equipment.

Big angles are for show, least angles are for go. Both skiers here are great slalom skiers, Hirscher obviously one of the best in history. I've been writing about his skiing for almost a decade now.

Below are comparison photos in the same turn. One turn that can make a difference.!

Coming in above the gate:
David Ryding setting up the angles, not really engaged yet.
Marcel Hirscher in the identical place above the gate, however, a totally different set of angles, early with skis and body ready to carve.

David Ryding leaning away from his outside ski to far, into the hill.

Marcel Hirscher inside ski and boot pulled back, strongly counter balanced and more centered.

Marcel Hirscher completely balanced and ready for the steep section
David Ryding comparatively, caught between skis, unbalanced, will have to step out of the turn to change edges.

1 comment:

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