Originally Posted by TheRusty
Maybe it's me, but it looked like the move was a key component of the "new technique" that the NY Times article was writing about. Personally I'm a little confused about how this is dramatically different from early weight transfer. Ted was talking about how this move enabled him to start his turns earlier than his rivals.
Technically, he does not say that he's not tipping the inside ski first (he's talking about transferring weight to the new outside ski before the edge change). The video was too compressed for me to tell for sure. He does say that he pushes as hard as he can. Is he actually pushing against the sidewall of the new outside ski while it is still on the old edge? Is he pushing against the new inside ski too?
So, how might anyone in position #1 get to position #3? How how how? He's way down there next to the snow.
The outside leg, his left, doesn't look like it's changed much from 1 to 3. But his inside leg has straightened out enough to raise his inside hip up off the snow.
There must be some extra pressure being felt on that little toe edge, methinks.
As this upward movement occurs, his torso also moves out over his current outside ski. He's going to topple in a nanosecond because his balance has changed.
He is elevating his inside shoulder also, and pulling that arm back in that unique swimmer move he uses.
He's getting ready to (I suspect) speed up this up-and-over transition by raising his right arm back and upward into the air.
The momentum will (if I'm right) tip him over into the new turn even faster.
The two skis appear to be changing edges at the same time; thus it looks like a simultaneous edge change.
The snow spray under his outside ski disappears between 2 and 3. That ski is experiencing a lightening of pressure.
This is Ted's version of ILE... Inside Leg Extension. That's his release.
He couldn't tip the new inside leg early; nowhere to tip it to.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 2/15/14 at 3:11am