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post #31 of 35


You knowledge is impressive. Do you know what the Austrians are doing. Obviously it must be different. Are you familiar with the work of Prof. Hans Zehetmaier ? I checked the Tiwald site. Very esoteric but interesting.
post #32 of 35
By far not impressive, the old farts like Zehetmayer, Gottschlich or Kuchler are living&skiing encyclopedae (s**t, what´s the plural?).
I only come across some things from time to time and have realtively time enough to devour the know-how.

I was lucky enough to participate in a coaching clinic a Phillippe Chavalier from Switzerland was giving here a few years ago. (He´s a former national team coach from the 80´s when all those invincible ladies Figini, Walliser, Hess or young Vreni Schneider were at the top.) I also have a book on race training he has written.

Yes, I met Zehetmayer on several occasions. You might remember my posting about the origins of the PSI-man here

You may also have a look at www.kunstpiste.com - that´s where I discovered Tiwald. The kunstpiste´s Nicola, a good friend of mine, is a former Austrian worldcupper and also a fan of "esoteric" approaches like bioenergetics or Csikszentmihalyi´s flow (will I ever learn to write this name correctly?)

Since you also mention Zdarsky I have to disappoint you: no, I never met the man - which is a pity because he was born in today´s Czech Republic (but was an Austrian, of course)
Otoh, there was an exchange between Nicola and me where we say something different (sorry, couldn´t find the thread).

Btw, www.carving-ski.de wartet auf deine Kritik der japanischen Ski-Roboter:

"Ich habe leise gehofft, jemand geht darauf ein, ohne dass ich mich outen muss, nicht genau zu verstehen, was du mit "falsch" meinst
Bin jetzt aber doch neugierig...

Meinst du wegen "nach aussen lehnen in der Kurve"? Ich finde es schwierig zu erkennen... im Pflug könnte es meiner Meinung nach mit mehr nur drehen sein, da kippt er überflüssigerweise weg. Bei den beiden rechts sollte es wohl eher Hüftknick bzw. Oberkörperstabilisation sein (bei kurzen Kurven mit dem Oberkörper stabil bleiben)."
post #33 of 35


A wealth of information. Thanks a lot. Unfortunately I am only interested in racing. Of course all of this sources addre4ss skiing from different perspectives and are very usefull ( I asume), I presently dont have the patience to explore them. I am looking for hard core information to make a spectscular breakthrough in my skiing. Like what does the girl from your country who won the bronze in Bormio ( I have a problem remembering long Slavic names) do to achieve something like that. She is from Bratislava. I grew up nearby. I know the obstacles. It is close to impossible to become a good skier growing up there. And her father coached her from a book. So how did she do it ? How does she train. What kind of drills does she do and do the Austrians do ?
I know Zehetmaier and was just wondering if these guys have anything meaningfull to say about modern skiing. I also remember Nicola Spiess. Feldenkrais approach to skiing ? Mmmm. I am looking for something more cutting edge. Like what are Bode and Kalle doing with their outside ski at the end of the turn and why are their skis sometimes converging at that point ?
Re: the robot, I forgot about it. I think his upperbody is out of synch. He would never make it down the hill.
post #34 of 35
Hi, Biowolf,
I guess we´ll be meeting more often in discussions on modern racing technique (MRST - I´m trying to think about it, will print it and take with me for the next week in the Alps to try some practice).
I would send you a summary of Nicola´s comments on new technique containg our mail exchange complementing her article - just send me a mail address to send it to.
Sarka Zahrobska is not from Bratislava, she was born in a mountain challet in the Giant Mountains, northern Bohemia, and she is at home in Prague.
The father coaching from a book is more a journalistic cliche. Fact is that he was a layman but - I think - he got his lower-level coaching qualification before Sarka was born.
When she started to ski he was studying for his high-level in a university program (though never finished, 1989 came and in the confusions of that time the program was canceled).
Later, it was all about looking around, learning by observation, video, analyzing and evaluating information to find what was relevant. Tough discipline (I know guys who are at home where he was coaching his small children and they swear his son Peter, Sarkas senior by 5 years, also on the Czech team, had to be on his knees and repeating "yes, sir" and "no sir" and was getting occasional thrashing with poles), very hard work, professionality.
I have known her since she was 10 and she was already better than almost all boys of her age.
He always could find good partners to train with and never trained with those who would have been a brake for them.
He was lucky enough to live in the era when shaped skis came with appropriate changes in technique. This diminished his layman handicap. He was not conservative because he had no old patterns from his own younger racing years and was open to everything new.
I don´t know which special drills they did/do. I don´t think their training has any secrets as to drills or technique. I guess it´s just a good compilation of everything available in an appropriate mixture suited to their personal needs.
I know it´s 7/24 hard work with absolute concentration.

I doubt that die alten Herren wie Zehetmayer or Kuchler have something "meaningfull" to say about modern racing technique. It´s not their concern anymore.
I read some fairly recent analyses by (surprise: still alive!) the old Joubert in the German SkiMagazin. Although he has some good points I also think his days are over. He´s always trying to find some connecting points to Tomba´s skiing and to what he had published earlier.

I guess Martin Fiala would be the source for you. I don´t know if he still races in the King of the Mountain series but he´s at the university in Cologne doing some serious research and he would probably know a lot about modern technique. (And, he´s a Czech who left the former Czechoslovakia when he was 15. Unfortunately, I lost the contact and will have to restore it - like I succeeded with Milos Tichy ).

Btw, funny enough, I met Martin at a ski test in 1996. We had some perfect fun together with two German ex-worldcuppers. Both girls knew him very well but none knew he was not German by birth.
You write you grew up near Bratislava. Just curious where. Niederösterreich?
post #35 of 35


Thanks for the info. I dont know exactly where I picked up that Sarka is from Bratislava. Somewhere in the Austrian press. It said she learned to ski at Semmering, living in a tent in the winter. Nice story. I grew up in Waidhofen an der Thaya, very close to the Czech border. My e=mail address is lockers@telus.net. I am very interested in your correspondence with Nicola.
I am also interested in your opinion on Gary Dranow's (backtomasters) idea on Nastar. I think you mentioned him earlier. Very controversal, but I think he has a brilliant mind. I dont know who Martin Fiala is. Where are you training is the Alps.
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