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What questions would you ask the most successful racer in the world?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

If you had the opportunity to make some turns and have a sit-down with some of the most successful racers in the world, what questions would you ask, and why? 

 

Anything ski-related goes, tuning, technique, racing, freeride, equipment, how to learn, how to teach, favorite resorts, new FIS rules - anything.

 

post #2 of 16

Hey How are you (guys) doing these days

Reason: I dont know any female racers. And actually I think last time we asked "hey how are your kids doing on the Jr circuit?"

post #3 of 16

I think I would ask if they wanted a beer. Ski racers are people too.

post #4 of 16

I'd ask if they ever find that their range of motion is effected by wearing a tight baselayer, with a follow-up of do you wear anything under the baselayer or does the term 'base' infer that it a next-to-skin layer.

post #5 of 16

Lol, since in my view Lindsey Vonn is the most successful ski racer in the world right now, my question would be: "would you go out with me?"

 

Yeah, yeah I'm married and all, still...

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

I should've been more specific. Let's say it's a retired, in his day very, very successful racer.

post #7 of 16

Fun! Yeah, I'd just meet Lindsey in Niseko for a day of lift served, and another day of touring on Mt. Yotei. Just shoot the sh(*^ with her and talking about what/where we were skiing at the moment, and then beers and a bath at the end of the day. Women wear towels that pretty much cover it all up, and men hold a towel judiciously over their 'bits', though she might see my kiester. Being that I'm nearly old enough to be her dad, I'm betting she'd demure and turn her head.  Sure, she's a great skier and athlete. Hopefully she'd be an interesting person as well. 

post #8 of 16

I probably would not ask any ski related questions. I would talk about the weather or the ski conditions or where are the best runs on the mountain. But frankly I would rather meet Old Boot on a chair and talk to him about stuff. Oh yeah, that actually happened at my local hill in Ontario. Talk about a small world. It was great to meet you Old Boot! biggrin.gif

post #9 of 16

Mads,

Perhaps you would get some more serious responses if you posted this in the instruction or competition forums.  This is an exciting opportunity for much of this community.  I will PM more questions soon.

Thanks,

JF

post #10 of 16

Quote:

Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

I'd ask if they ever find that their range of motion is effected by wearing a tight baselayer, with a follow-up of do you wear anything under the baselayer or does the term 'base' infer that it a next-to-skin layer.

 Damn! Beat me to it (and only by a day or so)
 

 

post #11 of 16

1) How will you know when it is time to quit?

2) You ski equal to many other racers on most of every course, but win by nailing those few critical gates.  Why are you able to do this? (Strength, experience, ability to think fast, etc.)

3) What must a skier do to make the perfect turn?

4) Assuming a method of ski instruction didn't exist, how would you teach someone to ski?

5) If you were told you had to quit ski racing today, what would you regret the most?

6) If you were told your body could hold up for only one more year of skiing, what would you be doing differently than you are doing now?

7) Who was the best coach you ever met?  Why was he the best?

8) What is the best singular piece of skiing advice you ever received?

9) What details regarding race preparation do you do that other racers don't?

 

post #12 of 16

For male downhillers, I would ask one question:

What's it like staring down the start of the Hahnenkamm?

 

Why?  It's the Hahnenkamm!

 

Dennis

post #13 of 16

Thread moved from General Skiing to Instruction and Coaching at Madmad's request.

 

 

post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

For male downhillers, I would ask one question:

What's it like staring down the start of the Hahnenkamm?

 

Why?  It's the Hahnenkamm!

 

Dennis

 

Jan 9, 2011

 

Hi Denny1969:

 

See following picture, for a second best response( not the start, but close to the finish, the approach to the Zielschuss ("finish pitch"), however, it may be a bit distorted due to the "telephoto" lens used, but you should be able to sense the mystique of the Hahnenkamm:

 

kitzbueheler-alpen-Abfahrer-Hahnenkamm-Rennen-Archiv-Kitzbuehel-Tourismus-(c)-Medialounge(1).JPG

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

ps: question to Didier, who do you think is the best and why?

 

pps: Thanks to Songfta for pointing out the section of the course (Zielschuss) this picture was taken.

 

 


Edited by CharlieP - 1/9/12 at 3:16pm
post #15 of 16

I would ask questions around being forward into the boot tongues and when this occurs. There's so much "forward...forward..forward" talk, yet we see the pictures. I'd like to know what they're concentrating on.

 

If you look under "why do we want our hips...." thread, and others like "How do you get forward?" that's the topic.

I would want to know what they thought of the "foot squirt" concept.( "Reconciling Foragonal with Foot Squirt" thread )

 

I would also want to know in slalom, if they're moving the outside foot forward near the end of the turn to even up the tips. It's been referred to here as a slicing action. I believe it was the poster simplyfast who brought it up.

 

If it were the US guys, you could ask them about this:

 

video by shredit64

 

Edit: CharlieP, incredible photo. Where's that from?

post #16 of 16

 

Jan 9, 2011

 

Hi Tog:

 

I "copied" the picture from this site:  http://www.kitzalps.com/en/the-streif.html

 

Think snow,

 

CP

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