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Doublediamond 223 posted this video over in the Wack Whistler thread. (thanks DD. Got any more like it?)

My guess on this skier's profile: Male. YOB 1989 (17years old, maybe 16.). Skill level? Development. Invited to USST age group projects. Not a named team member. His best race results are in the longer radius events. (meaning, not SL.)

Keep in mind his turn size in this video is larger than a slalom racing arc.

As the coach, you have a three day window with this athlete to effect a change. (visually and the athlete's awareness.)

He struggles with being consistent in his linking of his turns. If he powered up the skis, it would really show.

What facets of his skiing need more discipline? What would you focus on with him to allow him at that speed and radius to consistently link his turns?
post #2 of 8
Yeah, there are a bunch of them on v1 sports.com, including a great GS-radius one of andrew weibrecht, which heluva posted in another thread. The guy in the one I posted is John Kemp.

Take your pick...

FWIW, I wish I could ski like that guy.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post
The guy in the one I posted is John Kemp.
He's a '90 out of Crested Butte Academy.
post #4 of 8
Three things that I see in this kid.
1. He rarely "gets Ahead" of his feet.
2. His inside shoulder is low most of the time
3. He's extended as he initiates and often turns on his downhill ski (Whitepass?)
I'll chew on it awhile and get back to you.
Right now I'm thinking the key might be in the weight transfer in the transition.
post #5 of 8
To me this is pretty easy....the kid needs a much greater range of motion in his legs. He never really fully flexes nor extends...he just stays in that middle 1/3. I realise on this run and that speed, he doesn't really need to do more...but I also notice that on the two little breakaways he is airborne...for a kid with his skill that is garbarge. It tells me he isn't flexing/extending more, becuase it is not instinctive for him to do so.

In the gates when things bumpy etc, that full range of motion will be crucial.

Now at his skill level, I have no doubt he can ski "fully flexed" or "fully extend"...but it is clearly not instictive for him to do it. In my expierance this would explain his results to....in Slalom a full range of motion is crucial, and has to be quick fast..reflex...in the speed events things are more drawn out, he could make up for his lack of pressure control with his edging/balance etc...well enough to beat other kids, but he will won't be able to pull that off if he wants to hit the WC.

To me he needs to focus on things to work his range of motion..the goal here really is to develop a greater sense of pressure to control it. I would have him ski bumps...lots of em...fast...with goal of no airtime, no head bobs. Also lots of skiing at speed over knoles, breakaways, over rises and depressions...again the goal is to do it with no air (ie getting too light) and no head bob (ie getting to heavy).
post #6 of 8
I agree with skidude72, I'd like to see a little more range of movement in his lower joints.

But also there is a lateral plane issue going on there, there seems to be quite a few whitepass manoeuvres going on, I'm not sure if that was intentional or not (eg; as a drill?).

So, I'd work with ouside ski dominance, playing with the timing duration of the turns, and the impulse of the turns (all the time concentrating on the lateral plane).
post #7 of 8
Ya...there is definatley some whitepass action happening...really noticable on the role overs...the dh leg is in the air, while the inside is on the ground....to me...again this all comes back to pressure control...overall pressure management, as well as management of left to right.

Ya just had another look....working the lateral plane by keeping his shoulders level longer in the top of the turn would go along way with this athlete.
post #8 of 8
I think the the key is the transitions. I'd work on retraction of the old outside ski along with a slight countering move through the initiation. The other thing would be repositioning the feet more under the CM during transition. Probably I'd address this first as moving the feet involves a certain amount of flexion. Retracting the old outside leg (see Rick's Pianta su thread in Instruction) gets the pressure on the new outside ski right away. At the same time a countering move will bring the skier through the turn with shoulders more level. Remember the parallel lines through the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders. I'm not seeing them in his hips and shoulders. Countering is what makes that possible.
Since this is a pretty dramatic change in something the kid has been doing for quite a long time, I'd spend a little time right away with repositioning the feet. Next I'd get into the tipping and counter move and try to develop and reinforce it through lots of repetitions and variations. Emphasis has to be on replacing the "glitches" with positive behaviors. I rarely tell a kid what he's "doing wrong".
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