First, JS is not Jonathan Shefftz. Anybody who thought it was him should be ashamed of themselves for jumping to conclusions. Second, Ok perhaps I should of used something different than the phrase "full of crap", but I still stand by my statement. Skiing is an athletic event, so if a person is a so-so athlete, then they will be nothing more than a so-so skier. That is not meant to attack anybody on this board, just a statement of fact. In my orginal statement, I said it was the ability of World Cup athletes to combine both strength and finess into their skiing. One without the other does nothing. Third, Lisamarie, you have no knowledge of my teaching style, so your comments are unwarranted. Never once in my response did I insult you. The technical problems that you are experiencing has nothing to do with your leg strength (You stated that you do heavy leg exercises), but in your technique. Don't cut back on your strength training. You just need to work with a coach to show you how to channel that strength in a positive way to the ski. Forth, and this is the real reason for my orginal post, (Lisamarie, this is not an attack on your post; just an observation about skiing in general)I am getting sick and tired of the ski industry's "marketing gimmick" of the year approach. I have worked in the industry for a number of years. Skiing is a business, and like all businesses, it must find a way to grow or it will die. The biggest problem the industry faces today is that more and more Americans are becoming couch dwellers. It seems like every year they come up with more outrageous marketing ideas. First it was all that you had to do was buy shaped skis and you would immediately become an expert skier. Then it became "Just take 3 lessions, and you can ski anything on the mountain" (I think Lisamarie pointed the absurdity of this in another post). Now it's "Don't worry about being even remotely athletic, we still can make you an expert skier." Well guess what, it ain't going to happen. You don't (downhill) ski to get into shape, you need to get into shape to (downhill) ski. The more you put into off-season training (including heavy strength training) to more you will get out of skiing. So, Lisamarie, like I said above, don't worry about your strength training routine, just work with a coach (instructor) next season who knows how to handle your strength.
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7/10/01 at 12:56pm