Originally Posted by racergal
I think that is a really good assessment-For some reason folks in ski racing always find a way to drive people from the sport- this will, once again make it so that the little kids will never get a fair shot. There is no published study from The FIS regarding relationship of equiptment and injury. The one study that I have seen (I think it was done in conjunction with the U. of Vienna) showed no varifiable link to injury....Ther are some obvious advantages and disadvantages with shaped and lifted skis etc, but the adjustment to this rule are aimed at the highest levels of skiing with no regard for the youngster- just my thought-
what do I know, I'm just a chick.
That was my take exactly. There's no proof, just anecdotes, that says more sidecut equals more injuries. Now we've got this whole other thread that says maybe it's better for kids (and all concerned) if they've got to deal with less sidecut if that means better fundamentals. True, as long as course setting changes commensurately. And again, the litmus test will be the World Cuppers because they'll get to be the guinea pigs. To an extent, it's probably not going to make a hell of a lot of difference to them, because they're already skiing on sidecuts that are close to the new regs. But I still want to see how this all plays out on a course like Beaver Creek or Adelboden. The affect on "other" ski racers, especially juniors, is, as many of you have noticed, potentially much greater. If "greater" translates into "better", fine, I'm all for it. If it doesn't stem the rising tide of injuries or turns ski racing into a joke sport, then I'm against it...