Originally Posted by D(C)
I respectfully disagree that everything here is style points. Moving forward in the transition and pressuring the tips will allow for a more efficient energy transmission to the skis, leading to a shorter radius turn, needing a shorter impulse, longer time gliding in the fall line and faster times.
...so go do what you're doing now, in a course, and then do the new and improved version, and see what's faster. Otherwise, it's like figure skating, which Scott Hamilton admitted is "just somebody's opinion"...I see this all the time
in all levels of ski racing. There's a common belief that x, or y, or z is the only way to do business. Then somebody comes along and does it faster, and suddently that's
the way to do business.
Everybody laughed at Bode until he started winning, then the Austrians couldn't get enough of watching tons of Bode video to try to figure out why he was beating the snot out of them. Jens Byggmark is a perfect example. Go back and take a look at the 2006 Beaver Creek Men's SL. You'll see widely
differing approaches, which is what Ron LeMaster talked about in his pitch at the Boulder Center for Sports Medecine last fall. Byggmark's skiing looks like it makes no sense at all...but he's fast. A friend of mine who is a 40 point SL racer noted a trend in SL that Bode started and Byggmark is carrying on: Byggmark takes incredible risks, often gets out of balance, almost goes down on every gate...but always points 'em down. Sometimes he makes a smooth transition and pressures the tips early, sometimes he doesn't. When he stands up, he wins. Otherwise, he goes out. Isn't that what racing...and skiing...is all about?