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rehabilitation complete! So here comes an MA

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I know it's difficult to analyze from just one picture, but I thought I would post this. It's now 8 weeks since I broke my ribs and rehabilitation is pretty much complete. Just a little stiffness, but nothing to worry about.

 

So how am I doing? This is taken from a GS race from the weekend. It's not a very steep slope, but the first part of the course was quite open, so the speed is reasonably high. I'm 72kg (160lbs) and running on Atomic LT 183/r23. I'm soon 44 years old, learned to ski as an adult (entirely self-taught until I went on an instructor level 1 course last year) and first stood on modern shaped skis in 2008 (I had a break from skiing for maybe 7-8 years when I was mainly snowboarding). Level 2 instructor was to be this year, but broken ribs messed that up.

 

Mark

 

P.S. I won the race! I don't know whether that says more about me or the level of the opposition smile.gif

 

MSD March 2011.jpg

post #2 of 5

I agree that one pic makes it hard to give much advice. The first thing that jumps out at me is that your shoulders are tipping in toward the gate. This places more weight on your inside ski than you should have. You can get away with that on soft snow conditions but on harder snow, the ability to move all your weight to that outside ski will improve edge hold and prevent slipping out.

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Congratulations on coming back from an injury.  Did you break your ribs skiing?

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I too agree. One picture does not tell the entire story. But you won the race. And that counts for something in my book since I never winn anything. Anyway, there is some snow spraying off your skis. And you are leaning in with your shoulder putting your hips out in the turn. That means low edge angels. And that can mean skidding. Im pritty sure about this actually. I have seen lots of master skiers that look pritty much the same as you.

 

Are you very comfortable skiing edge locked carved turns (skärande svängar)? How about SL?

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Yes I did break my ribs skiing (after being hit from behind by another skier). I agree that my shoulder is tipping into the turn a bit, I think I still lack some strength to manage the forces, so I'm retreating into a stance where I lean with my whole body. So I guess I still have some work to do to get back up to full strength! If I am free skiing I can of course carve a turn and leave thin railroad tracks but a race puts new demands. (a) you have a lot more to think about and (b) if the course demands a high force turn you have to do it, whereas in free skiing it's easy to get lazy and back off a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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