... it is the exact same movement pattern to my eye... but, whatever.
You're right though, I did get carried away with critique and this is why I backed off of using WC skiers while discussing technique as applicable to low level skiers (i.e. everyone not currently on the WC). Lindsey is an awesome skier and is killing it in GS, SuperG and Downhill but what does that have to do with 99.99% of skiers out there? Who takes sharp turns at 90-120kmh on injected ice? It's not even normal "ice", it is often injected to make it like... stronger !!! The mere ability to do that in whichever way you want puts one outside of the 99% group of the rest of us.
If you want to continue to use WC skiing to discuss technique, we should focus on SL, but even that is too much. Let's use "regular people" outside of gates.
p.s. I haven't been around long, but neither was Mikaela when destroying the field at 17... I love finding me and WC skiers have so much in common... [emphasis added]
Actually I think you are to be commended for admitting that you made an error. But let's relate this back to your first sentence. In terms of MA skill, is Lorenz leading with the inside ski? Is there edge engagement high in the turn with the inside leading engagement of the outside? The list goes on. You may not see those things now, but being able to see them is important for knowing what you're looking at. Not being able to see how good Vonn is relates directly to not being able to parse these turns either.
In terms of video example, Marlies Schild , in maybe 5% or fewer of her turns in slalom, will display[ed] the movement pattern utilized by the drill in question. And she looks quite different technique-wise from Lorenz while doing so. That's not saying one is better than the other as a model for recreational skiers, simply that it's a very different movement pattern.
Edited by CTKook - 7/23/15 at 10:58am