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Originally Posted by Rick View Post

Here's another shot to look at.  It's of Kasper Nolan, a young US Ski Team skier who shows talent in a slalom course, to a level I haven't seen in a US racer for some time.



He looks like he's standing on his uphill (inside) ski...? Why is his uphill shin at a different angle from his outside shin? (And why is it rotated?)

post #62 of 63

I know this might sound a little odd, I AM a coach, although not full time and not at FIS level, (K1 and K2) but from what I understand of racing, is that no run is flawless, and I don't know if I can see the benefits of looking at a single gate or set of 2 gates in an athletes run and analysing them. After all human nature dictates that no movement will be perfect 100% of the time. 

For an example, there was a race with the American Bode Miller who was able to ski down the course at one point with his skis on the sponsor netting and still finished and placed highly. I feel that although it can help ones eye looking at montages surely the result at the end is what we need to be coaching and not that 'oh on gate 3 you were slightly late' or 'gates 7 and 8 are tight you got caught pivoting in those' if  the technique works and the result is what we are looking for why analyse? Secondly is it going to benefical for the athlete to give that kind of coaching? If you have ever raced full slalom gates you will know that they come rather quickly at you, and I have found that any kind of 'internal' feedback (watch out that you aren't pivoting on gate 4 etc) is useless, rather using an external cue (feeing them shinning the gates more or a rythm with the sound of the gates on the pads) works best.

Of course this is just my opinion, and I fully expect to be flamed for this. But to summarise if the goal is set by the coach for a fast time, or even just to finish, a mistake at Gate 4 5 and 8 can still allow this goal to be achieved, as long as the athlete is doing the basic racing principle properly - going fast.



post #63 of 63

Rolo, I find video feedback is one of the most efficient tools in coaching. Many juniors do not take feedback seriously untill they see the flaws themselves. Video with freeze frames is excellent for that.


I agree that it is pointless to point out random mistakes, but quite often you are trying to point out a flaw that occurs regularly, and a picture with a good example of the flaw can be a very effective.

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