I shared this before, but here goes:
My friends and I had little coaching in high school, and his book was a big hit with those of us who raced. Years later (late '80s I think) I was at a driving range in the Orlando area working out a problem, and a tall guy next to me said, "Try this." He was spot on. A while later we started talking and it turned out he was into water skiing. We exchanged names and I recognized his immediately. He was surprised someone in central Florida knew he wrote books about skiing. He had a hell of a golf swing and hit the ball a mile. I was envious that he only played golf a few years, yet hit the ball so well. I guess he is expert at analyzing movement at multiple sports.
His genius IMHO comes from being the first to analyze the modern ski turn in so much detail, being the first to publish information about the cause and effect of equipment has on technique (canting, ramp angle, etc.), and making the analysis of the turn so damn simple: "Put a ski on edge, pressure it correctly, and it will take you where you want to go." You can't find a more simple description of a carved turn.
A lot of great skiers came out of the Burke Mountain Academy.
Witherell is like Alf Engen. They rank among the greats of the sport yet most people never heard of them.
Edited by quant2325 - 7/13/12 at 11:14am