Originally Posted by lshull
Please clarify for me. With that much flex in the inside knee, how can he have too much pressure on the inside ski? Banking? I really don't think so. Look at some images of WC racers, they are WAY banked (and angulated at times) but manage to do a great job of regulating pressure on the inside ski by flexing their inside leg.....
For example (I couldn't find a good WC image but this one should do.)http://www.donbauer.ca/AdventureImag...ges/009613.jpg
This guy is way "banked" (he is also very angulated). He also has very little pressure on his inside ski. This is acheived by significant flex of the inside leg. (Just as WTFH has in his skiing just to a lesser degree). In fact if you look at the two photo's there are quite a bit of similarties (the position of the hands for example.)
I'm not saying your wrong, but I want a better explanation from you...
I apologize if my response came off a bit harsh. It wasn't meant to sound that way. Fox is definitely doing some things well. He's probably doing more things well than he is doing poorly. However, even those are a matter of opinion and expectation. A good stance width and general balance and steering are working well in this picture. Depending on where he is coming from (level of skier), these could be vast improvements over what he was doing only a day, week, month or year ago. But because I have no insight into that, all I can do is point out what could still be improved. We all need improvement, me included.
The racer in the picture is not banked. Banking is inclination without angulation. So to say that he is banked and angulated is contractictory. He is inclined and he is angulated. He is not banked.
The issue with how much flex Fox has in his inside knee is not material. You can flex a knee and hip with as much or as litlle pressure as you want. However, he is definitely banked. Some racers do bank in some situations just due to the extreme forces generated. Fox is not generating those kinds of forces in his picture. The dropped inside hand and low inside shoulder are the indication of banking. If the picture was taken from directly in front, I'm pretty sure you'd see that the angle created from the foot to the hip to the shoulder would be almost a straight line. If you took the same view and angles of the racer pictured, yu'd see a drastic angle from the foot to the hip to the shoulder. You can create the same line from the center of the feet to the belly button to the base of the neck to show that angle.
I'm actually surprised you picked on the banking. The banking is pretty easy to see. The bracing against the outside ski (pushing it away from the body and/or pushing the body into the hill) is a lot less obvious and I could easily be wrong about it. But based on the overall image, especially what looks like a stiff outside leg, I think it is the case. That stiff outside leg, as it slips away from under the body is another thing that makes too much pressure fall on the inside foot. Notice the picture of the racer has a good amount of ankle flex on the outside leg. This means he is generating forces with it. Fox's outside leg is not flexing the boot in this picture.
Does this answer your question lshull?