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Obama "Joe Biden got a little over his skis"

post #1 of 12
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Yeah I know no political stuff here in the General Skiing Discussion section.  Seriously when have you ever heard something about skiing technique in any election let alone a presidential election?  This must be a first.  If you have not read about this just google it.

 

President Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got "a little over his skison Sunday

 

Since the President's family were the ones that went skiing this winter, I am betting that one of the President's daughters coined the phrase. Or, maybe Joe Biden himself coined the phrase since he did attend Olympic ski jumping in Vancouver. 

 

In any case, skiing technique got mentioned in the national media.   

post #2 of 12

Not being up to speed on instruction and technique lingo, I've been wondering what "getting over your skis" is?  Does somebody actually use this phrase in the skiing world?  I'm not familiar with it.

 

Usually I try to stay over my skis, because when I try getting under them I usually don't experience much success.

post #3 of 12

it means he got ahead of himself. like if you are too forward as opposed to centered.   Its pretty cool actually.  

post #4 of 12

Posaune, I've heard the term, but then I've been skiing for 40 years.  

post #5 of 12

thats impossible to get too far over ones skis. and if you did that is a good thing. imho

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Posaune, I've heard the term, but then I've been skiing for 40 years.  

Well, I was trying to make a lame joke.  Actually I've heard the term too, but it didn't seem to fit the situation and I don't think it really works in this context.

 

I've been skiing for 49 years, so you're just a rookie.

post #7 of 12

I've heard something like it before, which is a complete guess without zero evidence, is that one the instructors from that last trip probably used the phrase either with Michelle or the kids, who then passed it along to Dad; who might have stuck the phrase in his brain, or mixed up a few different analogies .  As mentioned above, maybe doesn't exactly fit quite well as an analogy.

 

Going over the handlebars for biking might have been better, but he probably didn't hear about any mountainbiking recently so skiing was what popped into his head..

post #8 of 12
I took my first ski ride in 1945 and have been teaching skiing since 1970, and the closest thing to that set of words I've heard is similar to the handlebar thing: Going over your ski tips.
post #9 of 12

My heel pieces pop up before I hyper extend my knees if I ever get too far over my skis.

post #10 of 12

I once got a little over my skis. It was in the spring and since the snow was very sticky i was trying to keep my speed up when it suddenly got REALLY sticky and my skis came to a complete stop and I didn't. Well I did eventually stop but not before I laid down a 70 ft long yard sale and gave myself a concussion even though I was wearing a helmet. Guess that didn't happen to Joe Biden.

post #11 of 12
I went over the handlebars at Crystal last Sunday.
Sticky conditions, the run was getting flatter so I decided to go straight to pick up some speed, and I got a bit too much, skis slowed down and I didn't, I flipped over and fell. No real injuries, but my neck was sore for a few days.
post #12 of 12

Being over your skis is usually a good thing, but the veep is supposed to stay in the backseat.

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