Arms in front of shoulders?Getting back to the list of Olle Larsson recommendations,
1. I've steadily come to a similar realization about increasing inclination in the gates: It's not about one simple change or some position to adopt at gate clear, it's a product of doing a lot of things right, from the moment you hear "racer ready...". The guys in the race photos with the better position at gate clear than I have and the more inclination than I show are in that position because they're carrying more speed at that point than I am--because they did a lot of things more right previously, from a stronger start to a better line, to a more forward position to getting a little more bend out of the shovel. The good news? Multiple places where there's room for improvement. The bad news? No simple fix.
2. But among all the other stuff I agree with (including inside foot retraction--I'm with you on that), there's one sentence that doesn't sit right. Either I don't understand his comment F "Arms should be held at shoulder height" or I disagree. Except maybe in transition, Bode Miller and Darron Rahlves do not hold their arms at shoulder height--and no other World Cup GS racer does either. Shoulders are definitely forward (more forward than mine, and notwithstanding my earlier comment, that seems an easy fix as long as I don't simultaneously drop my butt back) but (A) prior to gate clear, many WC GS racers keep the inside hand very close to the snow either as a safety valve to avoid boot out type falls (through a punch move) or as a psychological crutch to give them the confidence to commit to extreme inclination, and (B) at and immediately after gate clear, hands are forward but at thigh (not shoulder) level, looking relaxed except when they're jammed forward to pass on the correct side of the gate taken tightly.
It may be that Olle Larsson is talking about slalom, where the hands are more up (and where physics says you create less drag the higher you hit those hinged poles) or is talking about a specific phase in transition. But "Arms...held at shoulder height" is not descriptive of high level WC GS technique near gate clear.
Anyway, hope you're all having a great Summer. Mine's gotten less crowded, since another poster on this forum has accidentally talked me out of taking up Tai Chi.