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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by spindrift
Can women with BMIs in the 20 or less zone really ski? If they can, can they ski a decent day's worth? Can they drive a high end ski?
Anita Wachter of Austria had been in the WC for 16 years (1985-2001, born 1967). She´s the Olympic champion 1988, WC overall winner 1993, she has 19 WC victories. She always raced in all disciplines and could win a SL/GS/SG and K race. Her best DH were two 7th places.
Her weight was 110lbs/164 cm.
No one ever understood how such a subtle woman could do this.
She´s the best example and answer I know.
post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by SugarCube
Curious if anyone knows if moving to a higher elevation can affect your weight. I've inexplicably dropped several pounds since moving to CO from NY a few months ago and haven't changed my eating or work-out routine although I do drink a ton more water. My trainer said this was fairly common but didn't explain why. Has this happened to anyone else?

Dehydration!
post #33 of 34
Ok, I've googled BMI and found the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm
that, at 6'8'' and 170lbs, told me my BMI is 18.7, borderline underweighted !
Granted, I'm really thin ! But I seriously don't think more sheer strenght would help my skiing. I'm certainly not an expert, but a competent recreational skier since my pre-teens years (I'm now 39). I can drive a high end ski and enjoy it, though not up to its full potential because of my technical limitations. I usualy run out of breath before I run out of legs actualy. Being a smoker may explain it...
I'm really skeptical of this BMI stuff, as it doesn't take into account the fat/muscle ratio. I'm all flesh and bones, I don't get fat, never. (Call me lucky, I can just eat all I want and burn it naturally ! : ). So those 170lbs are 170lbs of muscles on a tall skeleton... It may looks underweighted, but I wouldn't be a better skier with 60lbs of fat around my belly, maybe faster on a straight line, that's all.
post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by SugarCube
Curious if anyone knows if moving to a higher elevation can affect your weight. I've inexplicably dropped several pounds since moving to CO from NY a few months ago and haven't changed my eating or work-out routine although I do drink a ton more water. My trainer said this was fairly common but didn't explain why. Has this happened to anyone else?
I've seen this happen with a lot of people. My completely uneducated guess is that it is because the cardiovascular system has to work harder (and thus burns more energy) to bring oxygen to well, everything at all levels of activity, leading to a leaner overall body. I'd be curious if anyone has ever looked into this in any medical studies, because it is a pattern that I've seen repeated several times.

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