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Hi from Jeannie Thoren

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Jeannie Thoren is at our ski hill with about a hundred pairs of skis and her husband in the trailer adjusting bindings. She is going to be at the ski shop tomorrow pushing skis to the folks who were demoing them tody. I gave her our URL and she promised to look in, I hope she does, unlike Tommy Moe who hasn't shown up yet.

She invited me to stay around for a beer but it was this gorgeous day but warm and it was getting sloppy and the hot tub was beckoning [img]smile.gif[/img]

.....Ott
post #2 of 26
Should we know who that is??
post #3 of 26
Probably one of the most recognized instructors in the country, who runs a women's only ski clinic and shows up in ski mags for gear testing and occasional articles. She would be a most welcome addition to the community.
post #4 of 26
Bad move, missing a beer with Jeannie! You'll learn as much from her during that beer as you can during her clinic!
Regardless, Carrie and I send our best to Jeannie and Tom! Sorry we haven't got a chance to ski with you this year! Hope we can get together sometime soon.
As AK Mike says, Jeannie is THE womens ski authority! I am always amazed at what she has accomplished, and how much she has to offer ALL skiers! Women skiers looking to improve their skill and enjoyment of skiing should beg, borrow, and/or steal their way to one of her clinics!
Learn about Jeannie here!
post #5 of 26
I've used her ideas for years.
I met her once at an Athletic Skier clinic at Rib Mtn in Wausau WI.(didn't get to drink a beer though)
post #6 of 26
Jeannie Thoren is fantastic. My Wife has gone to 2 of her seminars. One in Spirit Mt, MN and one in Colorado. They spend hours having you try on different skis and boots. Plus great instruction on the hill.

After the first seminar was over, my wife was so happy she was crying. Jeannie Thoren is a great teacher. If any of you have a chance to ski with her you will never regret it. The best gift you can give your wife or any woman is a lesson from Jeannie.

I only wish she and Tom would expand it to include Husbands too.

Coldfeet
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
I just got an email from Jeannie asking me to come visit with her today or tomorrow at two local ski shops, I may just take her up on it.

Anyway, I gave her our URL in an email and she promised to check us out.

She signs her email 'Mean Jean the Ski Queen', cute. :

I'm thinking of printing out this thread but I don't know if she wouold recognize your forum handles.

.....Ott
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Good morning Ott,

Just heading out the door to go to Buckeye Sports for the day, and Ski Haus
in Chagrin tomorrow,,,,,,,,,just in case you have time to come and visit.

Thanks so much for the URL..........I'll look forward to checking it
out...............

Wonderful to meet you.......great smile......great hat.

Happy New Year,
Mean Jean the Ski Queen
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After receiving the above email from Jeannie Thoren I drove over to the ski shop and spent an hour with her and her husband Tom. I listened in while she gave the shop crew a mini seminar as to how and what to sell to women and going over the fine points of how women learn to ski or ski better and I am impressed.

I had printed out this thread and gave it to her and Tom to read and they were also impressed by the responses and she wishes she had more time but they work uch long hours it is unreal and then they pack up and travel and don't have internet access at the motels they stay so she says that she will try now and then to log in but can't promise anything much since she has only two days of until May. The times she can get on the net she has to attend to the emails on her own website.

They came from Duluth, it took them three days to Cleveland via Marquette and lower Michigan after her Ski Haus gig they are heading to Lake Placid and it starts all over again.

She said to say hello to all who know her or have taken a clinic with her, and when her time permits she will be with us.

....Ott

post #9 of 26
Nice photo Ott,

My wife had the opportunity to ski with Jeannie last year. She is on a complete Jeannie set up and her skiing has really improved! I cliniced last year with Jeannie in October and as I was passing through the lodge on Saturday she remembered me, stopped her telephone conversation and said hi. What a class person. We Love Jeannie in the PowDigger household.

Ed
post #10 of 26
OK, I know I will get an earfull for this, but will someone tell Jeannie that not every woman needs heel lifts. Please stop the madness. Yea, some people need them in some boots, but she is often quoted as saying they will improve women's stance in an almost universal way. This is not true.
post #11 of 26
Does she have trouble with upper body rotation?
post #12 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by helispin:
OK, I know I will get an earfull for this, but will someone tell Jeannie that not every woman needs heel lifts. Please stop the madness. Yea, some people need them in some boots, but she is often quoted as saying they will improve women's stance in an almost universal way. This is not true.
I agree - women need to be evaluated individually (which she obviously does an excellent job of at her clinics) but many read an article and it does sound like every woman needs a heel lift. I know personally heel lifts don't work for me at all.
post #13 of 26
It worked for A.T. (that' Albetro Tomba) [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #14 of 26
Verrrrry interesting.
I did not know that. Most WC skiers lower their heels.
post #15 of 26
I have worked on alignment with some women that Jeannie Thoren has worked with and in Jeannies defense I found a few inconsistencies in my own practice. I removed the heel lifts from one skier who had 30 degrees of ankle flex and relatively long tibias and small calves. The results were very encouraging.

Next women had 28 degrees of ankle flex and relatively small calves. I removed the heel lifts and she was very unhappy. Her explanation made perfect sense. She said: I walk around in heels every moment that I am not on skis and I will be damned if you didn't take my heels away. You want me to look shorter or what? I feel to short and I feel like I'm falling backwards.

I put the heel lifts back in. Her skiing did not improve but her attitude did. Jeannie Thoren understands that it isn't always total performance that women are after.

I could pick apart individual things that she does as not as efficient as they could be but if you take her overall package and the limited time she really has, its a smashing success and I applaud her all the way.
post #16 of 26
Slatz, early in his WC racing career, one of his mentor was credited for rising his heel by putting layers of things inside the boot, between the shell and the bootliners.
The reason claimed was the A.T. was sitting too far back, and this was the solution they found to make him stand more "in the front" to acquire a more centered posture.
Don't know if it is just lore or truth.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
>>> She said: I walk around in heels every moment that I am not on skis and I will be damned if you didn't take my heels away. You want me to look shorter or what? I feel to short and I feel like I'm falling backwards.<<<<

Oh, thats a great quote, Pierre [img]smile.gif[/img]

Matteo, as I listened in at her briefing of the shop staff, she mentioned heel lifts if the womans tips tend to wander even if she feels she is in a center balanced position. If the tips still wander, move the bindings forward a few centimeters.

She also mentiones that ski manufacturers should make the graphics on womens skis feminen, so even if the ski that fits them best does not color coordinate with their outfits, an important point in womens shopping, the graphics are not some mucho male thing, women want to show their own induviduaoity.

....Ott
post #18 of 26
I do find it weird that snowboarders, who put little consideration into esthetics when choosing their sport clothes, get to have all these beautiful graphics on their boards.

I want Alphonso Mucha graphics on my skis! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #19 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by Matteo:
Slatz, early in his WC racing career, one of his mentor was credited for rising his heel by putting layers of things inside the boot, between the shell and the bootliners.
The reason claimed was the A.T. was sitting too far back, and this was the solution they found to make him stand more "in the front" to acquire a more centered posture.
Don't know if it is just lore or truth.
Does Alberto weigh like 250 lbs now? Sitting around pounding champagne all day could do that to you.
post #20 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by Lisamarie:
I do find it weird that snowboarders, who put little consideration into esthetics when choosing their sport clothes, get to have all these beautiful graphics on their boards.

I want Alphonso Mucha graphics on my skis! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
I saw a young guy (late teens or early 20s) today at snowbowl, he was skiing Gotamas and Look Pivot binders, but the skis, boots & binders had been spraypainted with a forest green color. it was obvious that he'd spent several days on the equipment, as the color wasn't there everywhere, but only a trained eye would have known the quality of his skis & binders... don't know if it was for true stealth/anti-crime, or just a joke... either way it was eye-catching in a subversive way
post #21 of 26
Two or so years ago I shared a lift with someone with flat black skis and Harley Davidson stickers applied. They looked very professional. I thought they were Atomics and asked him which model Atomics he said they were K2 Mod X Pros (first year of the Mod X). He had painted them with spray paint and bought the stickers at a dealership (tank decals for one model bike).
post #22 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by Ott Gangl:


...unlike Tommy Moe who hasn't shown up yet.

.....Ott
As of yesterday (12/29), Tommy was "stuck" here in Jackson. No flights were coming in or going out. He mentioned to a friend of mine that he was supposed to be going to Vermont but couldn't get out.

The airport may have opened up a bit this afternoon, but we supposedly have another big storm starting tomorrow.

Bob
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
An email from Jeannie Thoren, she promises to join us eventually. When she referres to 'YOUR SITE' she means EpicSki.

....Ott
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>>>>Hi Ott,

Jeannie here enjoying a day off and 3 feet of snow on the ground. Doing
laundry getting set to start another clinic tomorrow.

Found your site, but don't know how to write in..........I'll have to figure
that out when I get a life........that's in spring........it looks like fun
though.

I thank you for getting in touch with me and for putting me in touch with the
site. I prommise to get involved when I'm off the road in May.

Hugs and Happy New Year,
Jeannie in Ellicottville>>>>

[ January 12, 2004, 10:25 AM: Message edited by: Ott Gangl ]
post #24 of 26
I just got back from Jeannie's clinic at Whiteface. Had a ball! Learned a ton and my gear fits me properly now
post #25 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by Stu Pidasso:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Matteo:
Slatz, early in his WC racing career, one of his mentor was credited for rising his heel by putting layers of things inside the boot, between the shell and the bootliners.
The reason claimed was the A.T. was sitting too far back, and this was the solution they found to make him stand more "in the front" to acquire a more centered posture.
Don't know if it is just lore or truth.
Does Alberto weigh like 250 lbs now? Sitting around pounding champagne all day could do that to you.</font>[/quote]AFAIK no. He looks older and heavier, but still fit enough.
He is a testimonial for Fila and for 2006 Olimpic games to be held in Turin.
Recently, in an interview, he declared that he was ready to race again, if our national coaches wished him to. Tipical of the man, to say such a thing. But I'd like to see him on one of today GSs or SLs, just for the fun of it. In pictures his GS turn technique/posture looks a bit different than the one of today's racers (but, again, there's no standard rule there, everyone has a different way), but I think he could still hold his own. No?
post #26 of 26
I* wouldn't be surprised. I still have the tape of Ingamar's last win at Vail in 89. They thought he was washed up too.
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