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George Twardokens

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In a recent conversation with some of my friends, the name George Twardokens and his daughter Eva came up. My friends were surprised and shocked that I had not heard of George before. I understand he has written several articles for the TPS and other publications. I know he is fully certified and is a PSIA-W examiner. I have done a little research on who he is now, but could some of you help fill in the cracks. Thanks.
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I know that when I was in Tahoe, Dr. T. worked at Alpine Meadows. This was quite a few years ago though. He was also a proffesor at UNR.
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Google can be your friend. I got 106 hits in 0.27 seconds.
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Thread Starter 
Thank you "Icanseeformiles" for your suggestion. But as I said in my post I have done a bit of research, ie... "googled". I thought that some of the people at epic might have had some person stories or thoughts that I might not have found at google.
Thanks though for your suggestion.
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sorry, missed that sentence.
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I will try to recolect a story for you.

After a huge winter in the Sierras in the early 80's, I became an adopted member of the Alpine Meadows Ski School. I never taught, but trained gates & skied with a diehard group of instructors, coaches & racers everyday from early May till 4th of July. I think I got in over 200 days that year.

Anyway, I think Eva was still racing at the time. I remember coming into th SS locker room after skiing one day and Dr. T. was on the blackboard drawing a few different turnshapes, with arrows, formulas, vector forces & a bunch of techno physics stuff that was way beyond me.

I sat down to take my boots off & he started asking me questions about the ski turn. I was young, & did my best to not sound like an idiot, & tried to answer. He made me feel like I new what I was talking about, a big boost for my confidence.

The essence of our conversation was that he felt that most racers of the time were trying to pressure their ski too much at the bottom of the turn. His theory was that if the ski was pressured & edged at the top of the turn the racer could get direction early & let the ski run in the falline there fore gain speed & control rebound.

There was a lot more to it than that, but I went away with a whole new perspective on what I was trying to do. Years later what he was working on became widely excepted. He was way ahead of his time! I remember his funny voice, with a slight foreign accent:

"Remember Jim, this is theory. WE NEED MORE EXPERIMENTATION!"

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I was part of a small group preparing the Canadian thesis for presentation at Interski Sexton, Italy in 1983. We met George through a mutual friend in PSIA and he became a valued source of information and a sounding board for our ideas. Our manual at that time was a major departure from previous ones and George influenced the technical foundation so Canadian instructors are indebted to him too. It was not just his depth of knowledge and taste for esoteric ski information but his good natured willingness to help at any time that left a lasting impression. He also wrote a huge compendium on all things skiing that is very heavy reading but it contains a few gems.
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