Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
Is that camera on a helicopter?
No, it's someone skiing behind him basically straight. They prob have the go pro? Mounted on a pole. Ted and Jimmy Cochrane got pretty creative with making a mount a while ago. They took 2 gates, red n blue, heated them and bent them so they Stick out the backpack, curve back then go up. Gives a view from behind and above the skier like a video game.
I'd embed but I'm on mobile so no interesting rock drawings in this post.
Ted and Jimmy's gopro adventure: http://bit.ly/Zhunok
Teds latest is a smaller wire mount off the helmet that extends back and up. Shadow looks like an alien. Can't find the link now.
Here's Ted's Sochi powder skiing attempt thwarted by armed security on top of the mountain. He has to show Id and he's got slalom poles and prob a speed suit under a coat. http://bit.ly/11euhYJ
Originally Posted by NECoach
Mikaela Shiffrin, WC racer says:
I always wanted to be thinking of something, whether it was arms forward or
my parents had a saying "knees to skis" and "hands in front" - it's been drilled into my head and every time I get on snow that's what I start thinking.
Well what one thinks about and how one coaches are different for one thing. Also, athletes' cues to themselves are very simple but have a lot of training and practice in the nuances behind them.
SkiDude gave a great analogy with the moguls. He thinks "extend, extend" because retraction he'll do automatically. I'm the same way with that.
"Knees to skis" and "hands forward" she's heard since she was 3. That's her foundation of skiing. It has a completely different association for her than someone else because of that - it's not just a position. She has a whole life of really good and inspiring to her skiing in those phrases.
"Hands forward" screws more people up than probably any other single instruction. I almost never use that phrase. It's fine if one has the basis for what it means and gets it, but otherwise you end up with people skiing like Frankenstein because they think it's the right way - "hands forward".
Now for a racer remembering "hands forward" can be the mental cue and physical tool to keep themselves up with the skis, aka "forward" it's one piece, not the whole enchilada. However, less skilled racers and perhaps those who what they hear constantly is "get forward", will get the hands forward, the shins forward, but to the detriment of the turn itself. - A la that black and white montage Bob posted of racers at Loveland.
NEC, no one is arguing for skiing off the tails hete like Edgebyter in that other thread. It's just the dogma of the incessant "Forward" chanting has a lot of downside. If one understands the whole issue, fine. That's not what I see though. Frankly they'd all be better off if coaches never mentioned the word.
Coaches of particularly young kids would be better off using the word glide more often then forward. I know one parent who made that what she taught her kids and had 3 of them, (I think it's 4 but can't think of the 4th name now), make the US ski team A team. Obviously it's not due to just that, but that was her thing.
SkiDude with that mogul cue I'm the same way except when I try to do traversing across bumps to practice absorption/extension. I can't think extend at all. If I try to think absorb, extend. I get confused. If I think extend I do it at the wrong time. There I just think absorb. Weird.Edited by Tog - 5/23/13 at 10:35pm