And did you notice some of the 'kph' numbers after he lost his ski? I saw at least one blurry '83'.
in the end, the top racers have a great technical tool bag that can translate very well to everything other than arial work. In my mind that's a dedicated sub-discipline that requires another round of very dedicated training. Speed event guys and gals are going to feel absolutely comfortable in the air, but they aren't by the nature of their training trying to optimize air time nor do they do 'tricks'. Could Darren Rahlevs to the air work that Hoji does? Not without a great deal of work. Does that make him a lesser skier? Not really, but that's only my opinion. I think they're both absolutely fabulous skiers. At the start of this thread, the emphasis was 'now'. On that particular week, Ted Ligety had just won a bunch of alpine WC gold metals. I don't think there's anyone making their living on skis in any discipline that would argue that they hadn't just witnessed something amazing that's not likely to happen for a long time to come. So IMHO and only my opinion, for that brief period of time, Ted was lord of the boards. Who will it be next week or month? No idea.