While I may understand the point being made, aesthetics are a moot point for racers. For those who have spent decades appreciating the techniques that produce the fastest times, these techniques are the ultimate of all that is beautiful. Benjamin Raich's turns may not be "poetry in action" because all of his skiing and his state of flow is the epitome of "poetry in motion". Ski racing is the perfect example of where beauty is created out of the strict minimalism of pure function. Not to mention that flow cannot be deduced from stills. Raich has flow like a river in mud season.
There ain't nuthin ugly about this: