First one -- waiting for Canada...
First one -- waiting for Canada...
Just personal taste. I'm not very fond of the bunny-hop back and forth short turns shown at the beginning. You can do that, but why would you? I prefer smooth even turns, without sudden hard edge sets, but maybe that's just me. Exceptions do prove the rule, but they should remain exceptions, imho.
I have numerous criticisms of this video, not much good I can say. It relied too heavily on syncro demonstrations..which I have said in other threads is mostly a waste of time to watch. He didn't actually analyze their specific movements, he only described what he perceived to be some slightly different outcomes. That's a start, but real MA has to look to the heart of the movements being used to derive those outcomes.
And I agree, where were the italians? Swiss and others too.
I'm glad someone finally took a stab at this, but I hope that will not be the end of it.
Variations on a theme. As others have pointed out synchronized skiing is a bit like synchronized swimming, or any other sport where two or more teammates must adjust their style to match their partners. Which is a good thing considering a lot of what we teach includes matching our demos to the student we are working with. It's that discipline that we strive to develop in emerging instructors and is at the forefront of the Cert testing. As far as which is best, well I would say learning all of them would make that choice a little easier and also take it out of the theoretical and subjective realm. Exactly what you do best probably would be a determining factor in those sort of choices. As would where in the world you ski and who is there helping you learn all these styles. Opportunity, commitment, discipline, and desire are pretty high at the level of these teams. We can learn from all of them...
I'll give this in (backhanded) support of the synchro skiing: stopping the video at any particular point of the run show considerable inconsistency of form ... particularly at transition. What to make of this I don't know. But at least you can see a lot of examples of the same turn at the same time in roughly the same conditions. I guess on would hope that a group of people who are actually trying to do the same thing at the same time would have more consistent outcomes. But again, given the realities of any run, that's probably unrealistic. On the other hand, since you can assemble pretty much one or more similar skiers from all the teams and match their forms at transition, one wonders what the difference in instruction methods might be.
No big deal, but as a rule, you generally like mucking about in the chaff. Me? Not so much. Just not wired that way.
Here are some frames from the short turns in that video and from one other.
My goal was to find a clean image of skiers when the tips were facing down the fall line.
Camera position did not allow clean images in all cases.
If I have time, I'll select frames that indicate the short turn initiations tomorrow.
Here are the initiations for those short turns. There are some obvious variations.
I've tried to find one turn for each of these countries' teams that offers a clear view
of a pole plant and skis flat. This was not always easy, as people get in the way.
I could have flipped everyone so that all the turns faced in the same direction, but
alas I didn't think of it until now.
It seems to me that since these folks have worked to make their technical movement
patterns as consistent with each other as possible, these variations might generate
Some stand tall between turns; Australia and Korea stay very low.
Austria has the quietest hand and arm control. They get the most out of the least body movement of the bunch.
Stance width varies; Australia has the narrowest among this group of teams.
Korea has a very late pole plant, and some of those guys just don't bother. They are incredibly low at transition.
Stems creep into some turns on almost all the teams, but I assume that's not intentional so I didn't focus on that.
Do we really care about all of this? If so, why?