Some good stuff in this thread though it seems people are arguing a couple percent difference in the percentage of anaerobic/aerobic? I know nothing of this so I won't even get into it. I will say it seems fairly ridiculous but then so do the technique discussions when say one is arguing about at most 5 or 6 inches of stance width variation and likely 2 or 3.
I'd say though, that basing anything on what Ligety "says" is questionable.Who cares? It's a big workout, that's his point. It's not just gliding down a hill like most recreational skiers. I seriously doubt he'd get into the percentage of aerobic/anaerobic. Maybe in 15 years he'll become a trainer/coach and be knowledgeable on the subject.
We had the whole brouhaha several years ago where Ron Lemaster commented in Ski Racing about stivot technique and Ligety versus. Ligety then wrote in to say that they don't train that and that the fastest is stil carving blah blah. This was used to great delight by HH to no end to discredit LeMaster and everyone in the world basically.
Well, the reality is that he does do that. Famously, in his analysis on video of Soelden a couple years ago, Ligety says in talking about his obvious stivot, "I don't wan't to do it, but it's necessary". Gee. No one cares what racers want to do, they're looking at what they do that makes them fast.
Originally Posted by Paul Jones
"He can exert great pressure on his skis." I always wonder that pressure is they refer to. Is it just greater Gs or is he pressuring the ski more forward bending the whole ski. Is he pressuring the $#it out the front of his boot. Looks that way. Somehow it always sounds like the skier is making himself heavier. I wish they would be more specific
Again, the people writing that don't know a whole lot. Just like his technique is "new" or that he makes "rounder" turns than anyone else. Mostly not true. He's just better at it as @Ghost said in like post 2. Also he's better at extreme aft to fore movement etting his skis pivot massively and then moving forward, hammering the front as the edges catch. Pretty amazing actually, but not "new" either. I think that extreme movement and not being able to tone it down is why he can't get to the top in slalom.
As far as the "pressure", he's strong. Is it "more" than other top racers? Maybe, maybe not. He can hold it though. Pressure is mostly built up and handled, you can really only create it by creating edge angle and holding those angles, which at those speeds is not easy.
The technique discussed about going to the new outside/old inside ski and "pushing off" as he says, is not new at all. Fastman, aka Rick, detailed that "inside leg extension", ILE, technique here in I think 2003. It's been discussed and denied by some over the years.
The funniest thing was in the Sochi GS when they were discussing after Ligety's run how "round" his turns were. Well up pops the slo mo segment and it's that tough turn over the knoll. Ligety literally makes a square turn, pivoting his skis at 90 degrees and then going sideways. The opposite of round.