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Bode's outrageous skis

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I follow the website of Warner Nickerson, a late bloomer on the US Ski Team because he is a fellow Colby College Ski Team alumnus. He is a nice guy, fifth ranked slalom skier in the US, and trying a year on his own because the team is dropping late bloomers. I sent him some money, and I'm sure if anyone here did you would get a nice thank you note.

http://warnernickerson.com/news/

I've heard Bode goes through hundreds of skis. This takes the cake:

"Also staying in the apartments – here in Patsch – is Team America, Bode’s team, which is always fun to be around because his crew is comprised of a bunch of great, athletic guys constantly hammering. Not to mention, the endless entertainment of watching Bode and Robi, his service man/ ski tuner, come back from the Head factory at 10 o’clock at night with a dozen of pairs of skis Bode just pressed, which only gives Robi 8 hours before the skis need to be prepped for their first day of training and testing. One pair is so stiff it weighs 23 pounds without bindings and is ¾ of an inch thick in the tip, basically in weight and stiffness it’s two pairs of his skis glued together. They’re the most outrageous skis I’ve ever seen. And mind you, this is only a week away from the opening World Cup at Solden."
post #2 of 15
That's nuts...hope he doesn't crash on those the inertia from swinging those lead weights around is liable to rip his leg off.

Oh, and that proves that race stock does not mean Bode stock; WCers get skis made to order.
post #3 of 15
I think it's really smart of Head to invest in three veterans like Miller, Maier and Cuche. Sure, there's the marketing aspect, but also, the factory probably learns more from experienced guys, who know what they want in their setup, than from younger skiers. And Head obviously wants to catch and overtake Atomic. More power to them. Just another Austrian ski company dominating the sport.
post #4 of 15
Back seat = stiff ski needed or skis will snap. Has happened to me once.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
Back seat = stiff ski needed or skis will snap. Has happened to me once.
Whoa... Wait a minute. Are you saying that you were so far in the back seat that you BROKE your ski?
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
Back seat = stiff ski needed or skis will snap. Has happened to me once.
We need to get our hands on those skis, just for guys like you.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
Whoa... Wait a minute. Are you saying that you were so far in the back seat that you BROKE your ski?
You thought Highway Star was in the backseat!? I think we have a challenger for him finally.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
Whoa... Wait a minute. Are you saying that you were so far in the back seat that you BROKE your ski?
I got thrown back further, and the ski snapped behind the binding. Thankfully they were crap skis to begin with.
post #9 of 15
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Can't give you too much crap. I broke the back of a boot once.

brokeback boot....sounds bad.
post #10 of 15
Extra weight for a little extra speed?
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
I got thrown back further, and the ski snapped behind the binding. Thankfully they were crap skis to begin with.
I can recall having my knees bent a little more than 90 degrees my but behind my boots and my torso parallel to the skis. Thankfully my Kästles didn't break.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
Back seat = stiff ski needed or skis will snap. Has happened to me once.
Bode did the same at Beaver Creek a few years ago, snapped it right behind the heel of the binding. :
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
I thought about that run, but I figured it didn't count, because he hit the tails airborne, butt on the skis at 70mph . If you watch it in slow mo, he is trying to get back up, but there is no tail left back there to lever on.

He won't break the 23 lb. pair.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Can't give you too much crap. I broke the back of a boot once.
I've broken the front and back of boots... but both were caused from flexing forward.

I hope that these crazy Bode skis make it to eBay! Bob Peters got on a pair of Bode's skis a few seasons ago... maybe he can do it again.
post #15 of 15
That thing is going to be slow accelerating but will prob hold speed better. Interesting
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