|Originally posted by ski2xs:
Okay Alta, . . .While you're yucking it up over there why don't you make yourself worthwile and add some real meat here!! :
Seriously, what's your thoughts about it? Do you think Ingemar could still smoke 98% of us while still using his old ski's from Innsbruck in '76??
Take any world class skier who is skiing on outdated equipmet by todays standards, bring them to this era, and they would still kick ass. Tomba, The Mahres, even Alf Engen would still dominate the majority of us who ski on today's equipment. They were just that good, in yesterday's era, or today's. Skill of the athlete will always win out over the guy who is just riding along on his skis. However, take a good skier who can ski well on the outdated stuff, and put them on today's gear, and watch them take it to an entirely whole new level.
Remember when Glen Plake used to talk about how he would never ski anything other than downhill boards. I have a poster of him pulling a flip on fats. Equipment progresses, technique changes, and pros change too. To ignore this is ignorance.
As was stated earlier in this thread, Bode Miller won that race on K2 Fours, not an old straight ski. I don't know the guy at all as some on this board seem to, but I'd be willing to bet (which I can't do, I live in Utah) that he is in no hurry to go back to 203's.
Today's ski equipment is evolving so quickly, it may be looked back on as revolutionary. Take a look at what you were skiing on just 5 years ago. Ski equipment has progressed very much, and I am enjoying it! Sure I can still turn the old straight boards, sometimes, they might even be the right tool for the conditions, but common, get with the program! Today's ski equipment is taking skiers to levels that have never been seen before, and I cannot wait to see what the next generation of gear brings us.
I have an old pair of Rossi 7SK's in a 198cm in the garage that I could go ski sometime, but I think they will be used more if I glue shot glasses to it for the Gathering.
Show up or shut up!
EDIT: Forgot a 't'[ December 17, 2002, 01:50 PM: Message edited by: AltaSkier ]