Beaver Creek GS...WTF?...Shock Absorber?
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If he picked up 3rd, they certainly didn't get in the way. Whatever the device is, would be difficult to judge if it helped- 3rd in GS isn't out of line with his prior results.
I wonder if the device is for damping, energy storage, or both. My personal preference would be for something that preserves torsional stiffness. Being point-mounted at center of ski, this might not unless the shaft is non-rotating.
If a pneumatic cylinder (or combo air/oil) is involved, the resistance to compression would be at a constant, increasing rate. I remember when air shocks & forks became all the rage for factory motocross bikes in the 70's. (damn I'm getting old!) I raced an RM125 with air forks but never spent the $ for air rear shocks. I liked the smoothness for low speeds and/or small bumps but for high speeds & big bumps the increasing rate had some balls to prevent bottoming out.
Interesting device on the Rossis- inquiring minds want to know more...