Originally Posted by SnoWonder
Here is the list again
Men's super G, Hinterstoder, Austria, Dec. 20, 2006
1 Miller, Head/Head/Tyrolia
2 Fill, Dynastar/Lange/Look
3 Maier, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4 Zurbriggen, Fischer/Lange/Tyrolia
5 Strobl, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Buechel, Head/Lange/Tyrolia
7 Streitberger, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
You know, curiously enough there were 10 different skiers out of the top 10 finishes! So I agree, it must not be the skis!
And yet, a year ago, two years ago, when all the top finishers were on Atomics, there was a very real sense that Atomic made the fastest skis.
I have a theory...
It seems that ski racing, like the very top levels of any athletic sport, requires incredible talent and ability. It also absolutely requires confidence.
When a majority of the races are being won by skiers on a particular brand of ski, doesn't just the tiniest hint of doubt drift into the minds of the skiers on OTHER brands? That little "Gee, I wonder if Xxxxx skis really ARE a little bit faster?" Does that then change the dynamic?
So this year, along comes Cuche, Bode, etc., winning on skis that nobody really even took seriously a year ago. Now, the other racers can't say to themselves "if I only had Xxxxx skis, I could be faster." Suddenly, EVERYBODY is winning on different skis. Maybe that opens a little door inside the heads (no pun intended, honest) of a lot of competitors who just decide to ski and forget about some perceived superiority of another brand.