As you've all figured out......and this has been true of World Cup for some time, racers don't take their race skis up on the podium. One of the big reasons for this in speed events is that the logos aren't at eye level...which is really important, right?
And, yes, what you were mostly seeing on the podium at Torino accompanying the Atomic athletes was next year's GS 12 PowerBridge. The weird thing is that the "cap" skis that Daron and Bode were using/considering in the DH looked to me like they had a real similar construction to the GS 12...and I'm also fairly certain that Bode is currently skiing SL on the 12 construction.
So what is the 12 construction? They've tweaked the Betas again, and they're now kind of an unequal trapezoid...you have to be there to get the full effect. For the non-FIS version, the sidecut is still 19, but the tip is wider and the waist is also just a little wider. The Aerospeed 2 topskin is now just on the outside of the Betas...dunno what that's all about. The ski is definitely beefer in the middle than the GS 11M, and the PowerBridge plate is a lot heftier. The tip is really snubbed off...I think the idea is like a speed event ski...take mass out of the tip to keep it from messing up the balance/swing weight.
Overall effect? Very quick and easy to hook up like the GS 11M, but the GS 12s hold better, have more energy out of the turn, feel closer to a true race ski than the 11M. They feel like a hockey skate under your feet. The (non-FIS, I think) SL equivalent is going to be available in a 160 cm which is what I want. How do I know all this? My Favorite Atomic Dealer got me a pair of 180 GS 12s that I raced on in a Master's GS at Vail...great ski. Every time I think Atomic has run out of ideas, they come up with one better...