Originally Posted by SLATZ
In 7 and 8 the skis are parallel. The reason they don't appear to be is that in 7 the tail of the right is lifted(light) and in 8 the left's tail is lifted. The lifting is because of forward leverage, not a concious lifting.
In 10 he shifted weight back too soon and the ski didn't complete the direction change (it also did not load and provide "pop") I have to admit he's re-directing his CM in the direction he wants to go (because the ski isn't going there). Racing is always a series of "misakes" that the athlete makes to try to get the little extra speed. My experience of watching these guys tells me that 10 would probably be followed by what appears to be a stepping move of the right ski when balance was established on the left. The tracks would not look like anything we're talking about here. Racing is almost never "text book" skiing and photomontages are good but not as good as frame by frame. Also two dimensional photos make things appear differently. You need to be able to visualize them in three dimensions.
Most people don't agree with my analysis of these things. I've spent a lot of time doing frame by frames and on hill observation of racers over the last thirty years and I'm pretty comfortable with them. The other thing is that every time you try to put motion into words you get a lot of variation in what the words mean to different people. I'm sure if we were all standing on a hill together there'd be very little disagreement.
Well, you're certainly right about one thing: I don't agree!
In 7, both skis are on the snow. In 8, the left ski is lifted in the tail, likely as a result of energy released after 7. In 8 they are parallel, but they definitely aren't parallel in 7. And, given his body position in 7, there's no way that I'll be convinced that he's right ski is off the snow, since it's not off in 6 or 8, and, in fact, there's more pressure on it progressively from 6 through 8 and beyond. The snow in 5 and 6 from the right ski show that it's on the snow.
In 10, he's very balanced over his skis, and, in fact, has moved forward with respect to his skis relative to 9 (his right leg is straighter, his hands higher, his CM more forward). He's standing on that right (outside/downhill) ski.
I know... proof that two folks can see very different things from the same photomontage. But, does that make it worth not doing? I don't think so. I am learning a lot--especially by not acquiescing when I disagree. Thanks for engaging in conversation with me!