Advantages to Bode Miller of a Higher Chest
Originally Posted by Atomicman
Sorry your right, but still aerodynmics in GS are not much of an issue!
And, frankly, the lower your chest and shoulders (in general) the more aerodynamic (shorter wind profile).
Just watched Bode Miller's runs on the DVD of 2002-03 winning runs on the World Cup. (The latest one you can buy off the USSA Web site.) That was back when he was on Fishers, but even then his technique is absolutely identifiable in GS, because his hips are so far back (with hands and chest forward) compared to other skiers. Even compared with the other top guys on the World Cup, he also gets much closer to the snow, with even more extreme inclination. (As Austrian Karl Schranz recently sniffed, after the latest Soelden win, if Bode keeps winning, all the young Austrian racers will soon emulate him, "skiing like a snowboarder," presumably meaning with the inside hand skimming the snow.) Quote near the end of:http://www.skiracing.com/news/news_d...hp/1906/ALPINE
I assume getting his chest and shoulders a little higher, with hips more forward instead of bending at the waist will make Bode Miller a little more crash resistant. Despite his legendary (and really astonishing) dynamic balance, skiing with hips that far back behind the feet, with arms and chest forward to compensate seems like a position with very little room for recovery from error.
And in slalom, having the chest a little higher is an advantage, because you hit the poles higher, farther from the hinge, and there's less resistance creating drag. Bode Miller's size and impact high on slalom poles is considered one of his advantages over most of his competitors. See:http://www.nastar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=342