Originally Posted by Martin Bell
Bolter I think that's a very lucid description. It may not necessarily be an either/or matter though. Perhaps you might see the world's best skiers using either of these, primarily depending on how much time they have between turns. (So, more of the former in slalom and more of the latter in GS.)
And I second MichaelA: "torque neutral" seems pretty self-evident terminology for defining the opposite of "anticipation".
Thank you, I agree, but I don't know if they are opposites, maybe. BTW, Please refer to ARC TECH in Tech Supporters area (open to all) and look at "Slip IN" about "time between turns." Take the time to download the PDF, it is somewhat easier to read.
FWIW . . . In world class skiing- technique is tactics and terrain driven. IMO habituated movements (through years of training) are not chosen
the other, during "peak performance." The act-react cycle of movement in WC, is a stream of fluid aggression that blurs all habituated techniques
into a mix, blend or conglomerate. All techniques (with implied limits) are available to the world class skier, if something is needed, then it is done (often with no time wasted "thinking about the options"). No news really, some call it "the zone."
World class skiers are able to perform various
techniques (at will), they "know" what the action and its result/reaction will be in all/most situations. In short, they've been there and done that (or something very similar) thousands of times while training. That is the purpose of training- to free the athlete, allowing top performance. You
know all this.
My entire point is focused on how to arc- through a progression of movements (skill sets). As you pointed out, WC exhibits permutations or overlapping techniques, with the freedom to do what works best, carrying no obligation/burden to any one technique or system. BUT
, how did they become some versatile? In my experience (IME) it arises from disciplined practice of the basics. The basics are not
the blend, the basic are not
the end result that we marvel at in world class skiing. The basics are the building blocks that are assembled into the "work in progress"- from NASTAR, to age/ability class, to Masters, to FIS, to Europa Cup and finally to WC.
IME, linked arc turns are the starting point for development in this progression. At the entry level, I am not concerning myself or my developing athletes, instructors and guests with the (complexities of) variations needed to compete at the WC level. The first
fundamentals are, clean line (technique) and right line (tactics).
IMO anticipation (torque stored) is a movement pool that is one or two levels removed/above torque neutral transitions. Anticipation introduces a movement that can induce a pivot at the top of the arc. That is counterproductive- when learning how to arc
, which is the point of this discussion.
MA of WC is the most difficult of all skiing. I firmly believe that our techniques should be reversed engineered WC. BUT
, to do so we must see through the blended techniques of the worlds best (at their upper limits of athleticism), to reveal the basics; which IMO boil down to clean, right and torque neutral. So, when confronted with a skier that has the basics habituated, then
the combinations, choices, variables and challenging/focused course sets are introduced. Roll over, sit up, crawl, walk, then run. JR