Originally Posted by crgildart
You just basically reinforced Pat's point that was a pre emptive response to your first three sentences above. Yes, he'd get smoked by Shiffrin and the top 20 WC skiers... but he doesn't have the support they have now and had coming up. By engineer brain tells me all things equal among athlete and other inputs, two edges will beat one at high speed turning and stopping. The fact that this high level amateur beats other equally high level amateurs casts doubt on my assumption about two edges always being better with riders of similar skill and experience.
I do think that stack height and board width gives the boarder the ability to achieve higher angles before booting out than the skiers can... but I'd still prefer two edges over one hahahaha..
Justin is not some amateur that happened to show up at a NASTAR race. He was coached at some of the best clubs in Colorado growing up. His youth development was similar to Kitt, Puckett, Fiala,and Wiles. No one should be surprised at his skill. He did not have a lack of development support growing up.
I am not surprised that he kept up with that group of (let's face it) aging speed event racers on a relatively flat hill in a technical course. Now I understand that with Pat's NASTAR background, he may think the See Me trail at Steamboat is "long and steep" (If I remember correctly when I was out there last season, it is at the very bottom of the mountain). It is not steep to AJ or Justin. Pat, if you want to see a real race trail in your neck of the woods, just take a drive up to Sugarloaf and check out the middle of Narrow Gauge where they hold everything from FIS level SL to Downhills, and you will understand what racing down something long, steep and scary really is. Then imagine a young Bode (and all the CVA kids for that matter) training on that 5 days per week, and you may start to understand why older racers simply can not compete at that level.
However, I do completely agree that Justin is a great guy and athlete, it is a shame that Snowboarding has shunned him and the other hard working racers as not being cool enough for the sport.