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Who's Graceful Now?

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I just watched Stenmark & Killy in jc-ski's post "Painfully Beautiful Skiing" (http://www.epicski.com/t/106004/painfully-beautiful-skiing-warning-old-school), and it made me wonder who skis that gracefully now.  (Well, maybe not that gracefully.) 

 

Graceful skiing doesn't seem to make skiers famous these days -- speed, cliff-hucking, park heroics, and gnarliness are the commodities, I guess.  But somebody out there must be skiing beautifully, and I'd love to see videos of them.  To move like Killy does in those trees would be a great goal, I think (fat chance, without his genes, but still).

 

So have you seen contemporary skiers with comparable grace?

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wrong forum.lay some cred on me for being foolish

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oops. hey i might get some cred for this mistake

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The first person that comes to mind for me is Candide Thovex.

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I'd vote for this guy:

Candide is like a cat, he has a sense of balance and fluidity that only few posses.

 

not a skier but a truly special athlete that also posses a unique 'grace':

 

Terje is what I consider a 'generational talent', he just does everything effortlessly.

 

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Candide's something -- and so was the production budget for that film.  Hard to see him ski in those gorgeous long-shots, but the grace of his skiing shows in those lines.  I'd like to see more close-ups.  Terje's phenomenal as well.  Great choices.

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Nice stoke postings, thanks.

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I think a lot of Doug Coombs' reputation came not just from the extreme stuff in Valdez, etc. but also his general skiing style.  So smooth that you didn't realize just how fast he was actually going.  Word is he immediately turned heads when he came to Jackson for this very reason, not from hucking cliffs or any of that stuff.

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Coombs is a good call, someone that really stood out amongst other 'great' skiers. Another skier who is often mentioned would be Scot Schmidt.

 

My current favorite skier's 'style' is Mark Abma, I love his rock-solid square to the hill style. Here's a pretty cool example:

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My vote goes to Coombs, McConkey, and Thovex for smooth controlled and graceful style in the terrain that makes style the last thought on you mind.  I am very disillusioned with the current style of skiing that emphasizes monster hucks (with an mandatory backflip thrown in for dramatic measure) and straightlining everything in between.  I hardly can relate to this style of skiing anymore, and I am not that old yet.  Of that sort of skiing the guy that impressed me the most is Henrik Winstedt.  


Edited by alexzn - 10/30/11 at 6:27pm
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Agreed with Whiteroom, Abma is great, Candide is awsome!

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Cool video.  Doesn't seem to be working hard, that guy.

 

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Coombs is a good call, someone that really stood out amongst other 'great' skiers. Another skier who is often mentioned would be Scot Schmidt.

 

My current favorite skier's 'style' is Mark Abma, I love his rock-solid square to the hill style. Here's a pretty cool example:

 


 

 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Coombs is a good call, someone that really stood out amongst other 'great' skiers. Another skier who is often mentioned would be Scot Schmidt.

 

My current favorite skier's 'style' is Mark Abma, I love his rock-solid square to the hill style. Here's a pretty cool example:



This one is one that sticks in my head constantly

 

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