Originally Posted by onyxjl
Rick, did you come to that analysis by watching the video at full speed or by watching it in slow motion? How many times did you watch it?
I'm not making any comment on the content of your analysis, I'm curious how quickly or obvious some of these more subtle refinements stand out as you or any other seasoned instructor watched the video. Was it within 3 turns and then you had it nailed or did it take longer and more careful watching? Some of the things like the slight pivot don't seem like they are really jumping out and would be hard to catch a high speeds.
Are these things that would have been immediately picked up in person do you think?
I watched it quite a few times, all at full speed. If I wasn't such a techno lame brain I would have liked to figure out how to watch it in slow mo, or frame advance, but alas.
Most of the things jumped out at me pretty quickly. The subsequent viewings were to focus on each element closely. The following the skis
is pretty easy to spot, on video, or on slope. A couple seasons ago I was working with one of the top J1 girls in New York State who had a major problem with this. We struggled for a good while trying to break her of it, so when I see someone doing it it just screams at me. When you know what it looks like you catch it from a long ways off.
Pivots can be tougher to catch, especially when they're small ones like these. I've been studying them in Slo-mo, and then again in full speed, for so long in WC racers that I don't need to slow mo the video anymore to recognize them. But for less experienced observers it is much clearer to see in slow mo and frame by frame advance. Ron Lemasters montages are great for seeing them, that's why I've often linked to them when trying to display and explain this tactic on the Internet. On the slopes, small pivots can be even tougher to see than on video, and you need to view the skier from pretty close up. Big pivots are another story.
Fore/aft positioning is pretty obvious, both on video, and in person, as are hand positions. Really all this stuff is a matter of knowing what to look for, then gaining the experience of seeing it many times over. The more that happens, the quicker they spring out at you.
Then there are the things that escape our attention because you're really not cognizant of them, so not looking for them. Example; Inside Leg Extension.
Up until a view years ago it was not something that was on my radar screen when studying WC skiing, so it was escaping my attention. When the light finally came on for me I suddenly noticed how much it was being used by a few of the top echelon racers. When most of us coaches watched transitions all we saw were retractions, cross overs, cross unders, etc. What we were missing was a particular fine mechanism that was powering some of those transitions. In this case ILE.
It's like those pictures in which an image is hidden. You can look and look at it, always seeing a blur, but once someone points out the hidden image it's all you see when you look at the picture, its so obvious. The moral is we always must keep our eyes and minds open to the potential that additional images we've yet to recognize may lie within the blur, images that have always been there, or may have just formed since we looked last.