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Couple Race Pix from 3/1

post #1 of 8
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My team mate's Hubby took some great pix of our Beer league (Wachusett Mt) championship race which is a one minute masters style GS. 

 

Thanks Nick Barry!  More photos from the race here.

 

http://isolation.net/ski/greatRace2014/index_6.html

 

What do you see?  :) 

 

post #2 of 8
More than just a couple pix, I think there must be a shot of everyone including big ol' me skidding down the mountain.tongue.gif

How 'bout that tough turn up top- I think it was the 4th gate. Most of the DNF's came from that one.

This was my first year racing and I was very fortunate to be on a 'great' team. My gratitude to you and the photographer for capturing me in action.
Edited by Ventura - 3/26/14 at 6:46pm
post #3 of 8

What do I see?

 

1. Your Center of Mass is behind your feet. This means you are skiing on your heels rather than from the Ball of your Foot. Get back on the front of your boots and flex your ankles.

2. A-Frame. Your left leg is almost straight out from your body, what I call stiff-legging. Your shins should be closer to parallel. Again, get back on the front of the boots and my suggestion would be to initiate your turn with your inside knee. The outside knee will follow accordingly.

3. Angulation. At this point of your turn your shoulders should be closer to level. This can be accomplished by allowing your hips to move a little more inside the turn. This will also apply more pressure to your skis and create a smoother turn.

4. Line. It is hard to tell from the angle of the shot but I suspect that either your line is too low. or you started your turn just a tad late judging from your position related to the gate.

 

What do I like?

 

You are aggressively attacking the course. Hand position is good and you are looking down course. Just remember, never waste a good turn on a lousy tuck. My $0.02.

 

Karl

post #4 of 8

Pat, just ski like this guy:

 

 

 

...and you will be able to beat A.J. Kitt too! :D:D

 

Other than that, what orionxprss said.

 

At least you finished the run. I blew up on the headwall this year. LOL

post #5 of 8

Or Ski Like a Girl!

 

 

IIRC, she was National Champ in college.

post #6 of 8

Hey Pat,

 

I have a little more time to add to what orionxprss said:

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by orionxprss View Post
 

What do I see?

 

1. Your Center of Mass is behind your feet. This means you are skiing on your heels rather than from the Ball of your Foot. Get back on the front of your boots and flex your ankles.

 

Pat, you seem to be dropping back into the turn. Look at the pictures of Rich and Eliza that I posted. They are placing their hips into the turn, but their center of mass is right over their boots.

 

2. A-Frame. Your left leg is almost straight out from your body, what I call stiff-legging. Your shins should be closer to parallel. Again, get back on the front of the boots and my suggestion would be to initiate your turn with your inside knee. The outside knee will follow accordingly.

 

Look at Rich's second photo. His shins are perfectly parallel. Eliza's photo is a good example of this too. Parallel = good and fast. A-Frame is bad,bad,bad and slow.

 

3. Angulation. At this point of your turn your shoulders should be closer to level. This can be accomplished by allowing your hips to move a little more inside the turn. This will also apply more pressure to your skis and create a smoother turn.

 

Look at Rich's first photo. COM centered over boots, shoulders level, leading with his inside hips and shoulder. This produces counter, allowing high edge angles. This is Ted Ligety's signature move, to the point his is skimming his inside hand along the ground like an alpine snowboarder.

 

4. Line. It is hard to tell from the angle of the shot but I suspect that either your line is too low. or you started your turn just a tad late judging from your position related to the gate.

 

Think rise line here. You need to start the turn well above the GS gate, and finish the turn at the gate, not below (unless you are talking about delay gates, which may force you to take a completely different line). You may also want to consider a ski with a longer turn radius for a true GS set. The biggest problem for racers going from a league set to a GS set is learning more patience in their turns. You can get away with straight, late, gate bashing in a league course. In a real GS, that won't work. 

 

What do I like?

 

You are aggressively attacking the course. Hand position is good and you are looking down course. Just remember, never waste a good turn on a lousy tuck. My $0.02.

 

Totally agree with this, especially the comment on tucking. In league racing, you can pretty much tuck the entire course. It is pretty much line drag racing. Explosive start, then get aerodynamic to the finish. This doesn't work in a real GS. If the GS is set correctly to be a true technical event, there may be few, if any places to do a tuck turn. Also, I would add that you should never waste a good turn on a great gate bash! The fastest turn for a particular gate may not be the closest line to the gate. Watch some of Ligety. Some of his turns are well outside the gate, no contact whatsoever, but it is the fastest line to the next gate.

 

Karl

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Like this?

post #8 of 8
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Like this?

 

That would be a Yes.

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