CraigD: Wrestling - oh boy - that's something serious - and for a string bean (then anyway - not sure of when) kid like the young man above and below, that is quite the undertaking! Mass, and torque matter a lot and that is generated in close-spaces with close-contact
If you folks know NE Tristate Circuit, the steepest hill is Berkshire East for U12-14's and he did reasonably well, there are great kid skiers out here in upstate NY, CT, MA, VT and so on, fast, elegant, and most ski about 5 days a week (this lad is a weekend only skier), and they ski fast and many are uber-aggressive, an awesome sight to behold, and so scary. Anyway, he placed 10th in that race in U12 and 22 overall combined with U14's. He loves steep terrain races, and is one chill customer, before he clicks in, gaming, throwing snow-balls, yelling at this friends, chatting, anything but prep and focus - it's his way, no interference from Dad as I have seen many other kids tense up, throw up, stomach-aches - the gamut and others very focused. He has fun all the way I think though often has said legs killing him when he is down, and I thought he was doing the waltzing-mathilda (when he 'looks' good). His inside leg needs to get out of the way more to get forward and make room for the hip to drive forward, as has been stated in many different ways here on Epic. CgD - slalom races are held on flat-as-a-pancake or close enough courses, and head coach's first question to him uptop as he went to lineup-Dad was eavesdropping, did you stash that lead bar in your boot and jacket yet But that is the terrain, the competition, and many are his good buddies, and they are good, very good, and rip it, so no excuses, find the skill and whatever else to be competitive is the rule and most of all, 'look good' or in other words, elegant pretty skiing.
Craigd - in terms of steep, Bob Barnes caught him after he got his mojo back on G8 in Highland bowl at Aspen-Highland April 2014, so he had just turned 11, video below, but this is after that seriously scary hike and we skied most un-Aspen-like boiler-plate hardpack up top - Bob caught him prone, supine wiped out from fatigue and fear (part of that hike with no rope visible and huge ice steps was lethal - Dad almost went into cardiac arrest and he admitted he was scared in that part of the hike after it was all said and done: A year ago, with Bob's most reassuring guidance and superb filming - minute marker 3'05" to 3'28" ...is the bit about steep skiing, there are other bits too but that is relevant to conversation here..I think.
Will show him other clips and Ghost/Raz noted, and they were his GS skis, his slalom skis are 136cm.
Edited by dustyfog - 3/26/15 at 7:28am