Razie, too much to get into there right now. Top of course, is he not heavy in transition? Even in Ny Times vid from above.
CtK makes a good point. How come when freeskiing gs next to the course tbey don't do the squated releases?
Sometimes there's little force if it's early in the course and not much of a turn.
Ha - you're playing with words now as well? If in the first half turn he's gliding and skating, that's now an element of technique worthy of discussing in the same breath and with the same importance and at the same level with the technique of the other 50 turns? Then what about washroom breaks?
How about we settle the main technique and then sure, we can talk about pumping or something else.
Drawing technique conclusions from warm up runs
They're taking it easy in warm up runs because their careful coaches instructed them to take it easy. You ALWAYS take it easy in warm up runs because you're not warm yet and don't want to pull a muscle or have some other injury.
Trying to analyze a warm up run is quite illogical and weird really... how many of you posting here actually coach racers? How can you tell what's a warm up run and what's a free ski run when the athletes are already warmed up and activated?
Skiing is an athletic sport, you do realize that trying to draw technique conclusions from a racer's warm up runs is the same as trying to draw technique ideas for performance running, watching Usain Bolt's warmup squats.