Originally Posted by trtaylor57
I'd like to see Ron L. add input from the skier to his photo analysis.
R L. does not do photo montage analysis. His work is based on actually being there, working with the athletes, VIDEO, and working with the coaches. He presents that work in his book, seminars etc via photo montages, becuase, well, you cant put a video in a book, in his seminars his photo montages help freeze frame everything...but he does not use those as evidence for his analysis but rather just a visual representation of a conclusion already derived from the video and first hand experiance I discussed above.
The video equipment he has access to is some of the most sophisticated anywhere, I went to a presentation he did, where he was discussing a concept, and he was able to overlay two racers, skiing the same course at once...it was pretty amazing to watch.
The montages he offers on his site, for free, are really there for their uniqueness, art, and to help people who know what they are looking at gain a further understanding of technique, as opposed to disect it the way it is done here....RL is not against video, he just believes, and rightly so, video is everywhere and easy to obtain, but those montages are hard to come by, and people always ask about them...so he posts them for free....they are not intended to be or imply that they are the ultimate ski analysis tool.
He is clear that to analyse WC technique in a meaningful way, the goal is to find the common elements that all the skiers use, those are the gold star building blocks of good skiing.....the minor variations that are often discussed here, only show the lack of expierance/knowledge of the poster.