Originally Posted by ski-parent
Ten years from now, we will be participating world cup as a "spectator" and will be cheering for your students I hope
nah, i was kidding, in 5 years, as my kids are done racing, i will not be coaching anymore... it is fun as the hobby du jour though. I will not let them get past a provincial level, we seem to look at it the same way
Anyways, now to explain why you dislike that transition... Bob and zenny touched on the aspects of the issue. She is trying to get forward the wrong way and , thinking about it, you should ask why her coaches didn't stop to fix her mis-understanding
1. Equipment. Like i said, i think she is on slalom skis, which turn way too quickly for GS and give her too mich time to glide in the transition. Get her some GS skis corresponding with the set. Maybe she is training with big kids and her GS skis are too small? Make sure she has a set around 16-18m and her skis are 14-17m or thereabouts
She doesn't have much to do in that long transition, but get up and rotate with the skis. It would be boring, yes. Why don't the coaches say anything?
2. Poor thing is trying to get forward, but the wrong way. Do you see how her hips and shoulders follow the skis around? Thy keep pointing to where her he skis are pointing? Getting the hips forward in that case is quite hard, as you extend he legs, get stuck in the front of the Boots and then try to bend forward, which makes it look awkward. It's bad, obviously.
Look at this - how can i embed the photo? http://www.ronlemaster.com/images/ultimate-skiing/slides/ligety-bc-2007-gs-1-final.html[edit--got it for you, Razie! --Bob Barnes]
Do you see his shoulders and hips do NOT follow the skis, but keep pointing largely downt he slope, in the direction his body should be moving? This is. What forward really means. You can see his very clear thrust after the red gate, of his body and hips down the hill. That puts him forward and stays on top of the skis, as the skis tip into the turn.
Following the skis with the hips is called rotation and is bad. The opposite is called counter or counter-rotation or counter-acting, or separation, where the upper body resists the turning of the legs and keeps pointing in the direction it wants to travel, generally down the hill. Coming out of the gate she should counter-rotate and then extend into the turn, down the hill that is. That is the easy way to get forward.
It is more complicated, but for her level, this is already a lot. I hope i made it easy, i.e. hard for you to mis-understand.
Look at this example as well, look for that counter-rotation of the hips http://www.ronlemaster.com/images/ultimate-skiing/slides/moelgg-tx-final.html
In terms of drills, the most classic is picture frame, where she frames something at the bottom of the hill with the poles and she keeps it there even as the skis turn left and right. Another is tuck turns with counter rotation: get in a tuck on a easy slope and as the skis turn to the left, the handles of the poles and the arms turn to the right, to twist the body the other way.
(Edited for spellin' and a linked pic...Cirque)
edit - while looking for something else, here's the best example of what i was trying to explain above:(thanks Cirque and Bob for the help - figured it out. it doesn't work on an ipad which is what creates my usual spelling and pasting issues.)Edited by razie - 3/17/14 at 2:22pm