Originally Posted by markojp
Yeah, because we all just sit around watching vids to do and pass all the cert stuff. No training or real live 1:1 prep or anything . Right... What is it with people during the summer? It's NOT either/or, its BOTH and MORE. Pros and serious practitioners/students in any sport watch video. They also spend lots and lots of time doing.
I never said that. I simply said what works for me is NOT watching videos of others. It can be useful for certain things, like I've already said, but in the end what makes a difference is seeing myself and having comparisons, instructions, comments, that are specific to MY skiing.
When you study tapes of others you look at them as a direct comparing to what YOU are doing, but you need to have that comparison available. This is what video analysis is, comparison!
In this instance I see great skiing, period. The commentary is useful the way it is because if I was to be in a similar situation I know some possible mistakes, but I'm not running that course, nor I ever will so what is the end value? Knowing she could have done better? How is that going to help ME?
Let's assume that we had a different style of comments to the video, focusing on explaining what she does well.
The same principles apply here too! How does that translate to me? I can see she has no A-frame, now what? what can i do with that information? I can imagine myself doing it but since I do not know the proper motor pattern it will not help me.
I can go out on the hill and try to copy what she does. But is it going to work? Well first I would't be able to know unless I had video of myself (and we go back to comparing) and second, if I do not know how to "make" that move, and there is nobody there to teach me, it is going to take a LOT of trial and error. I don't find this to be very efficient.
Therefore, as much as it is pleasant to watch excellent skiing, I do not think that this ALONE hold any kind of real life value as to the ability to improve one's skiing.
Is it better now? Do you see what I'm trying to say?
I'm gonna sum up my points here:
- great video, great skiing, inspiring to watch
- not useful as a tool to improve unless it can be directly related to one's skiing
- the video commentary is exactly what it should be for the context the video was intended
- MS is a wonderful skier, among the best technically speaking.
- In a race course she is still not comparable to the top guys, needs to be stronger (I hope she will in the future)