Anybody have any ideas to help a junior racer who free skis pretty well, showing good technique, but despite several years of training in gates completely falls apart as soon as she runs a course? The standard answer is of course just be patient and it will all come into place, but I'm afraid that she will just give up before that happens.
I have watched her struggle down a slalom course very, very slowly, skidding all over the place and literally as she went over the finish line ski the rest of the way down to the lift with aggressive, beautifully carved turns. The contrast was really obvious and something is clearly not working.
I have already tried putting her in short courses for techincal drills and the situation is similar for both stubbies and cross-blocking and in GS courses too. Nothing we try seems to help much. I wonder whether it could be something we are missing. Maybe she has some problem to look far enough ahead in the course? That might be due to an eyesight problem (which I am going to check) or a cognitive problem (rather harder to check). Or it could just be a mental block?
I don't think it's a motivational issue, she trains hard and seems to enjoy her skiing.