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?