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Is there a racing world in Bear Land?

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I’m trying to find who in Bear Land is either a coach currently working with regional FIS or higher racers, are FIS skiers themselves, or are parents of these athletes. There are issues with these skiers that go way beyond how to turn a pair of skis that would be of value to discuss. If there are enough coaches, athletes, and parents here it might just be beneficial to all. Listing ski area and USSA Division might be helpful.

As for me, I am a coach, masters racer, and have a daughter who is a J1. I'm also President of the Loveland Racing Club.
post #2 of 10
ed: take a look at the FIS question in this section of the forum (by bullet). Seems there a few out there and that +mike+ seems to have a darned good inside track on the latest race skis.

......... well .... even though he gave rave reviews to the 02 Stockli SL, and now seems to forgotten about them in favor of the Elan ..... He seems to be pretty straight up.
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I now coach on a very limited basis in PNSA. I have a son who is now racing in college, but who went as far as participating in Europa Cup races. In my close to 20 years of coaching (all part time) I have been part of the development of numerous FIS level skiers.
post #4 of 10
I get put to shame during the Alyeska Masters season. I also race in an intramural league, and am considering town league races this season as well if my schedule permits. So I guess that makes me interested in ski racing too.
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I'm head coach of the Madison Alpine Race Team. I've coached summerski for 21 years now. I've worked at the Regional FIS level since my son raced in the early 80s. I'm a USSCA National Coach, PSIA Level III and I hold a Level 3 officials license for ref, TD and course official(gate keeper).
I've had two stepdaughters who raced JOs, Mid-Ams and Rocky Mountain Trophy series.
Most of my coaching has been at the J5-3 level. I was an assistant US coach at Topolino in 92 and acting Swiss Team Captain.
Some of the M.A.R.T. alumni have done pretty well. One was 93 NCAA GS Champ and one was named to the US Development team this spring, several have gone to JOs and two to Whistler Cup.
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I race out of Holiday Valley, NY. This year I'm hoping to achieve my first Nastar silver medal. Keep your fingers crossed for me. If anyone wants to stop by some weekend, let me know and if conditions are perfect I may even show you how to shred 'The Wall'. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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I am not currently a coach, but I have a strong racing background dating back probably 20 years. I am still quite involved in racing myself - nothing serious, (local league, plus a few of us travel to various adult events throughout the season)but I always stay very involved with our local coaches and I stay very current on modern racing technique. I often help out racers (young and old) on an individual basis. I like to think that my specialty is the mental aspects of ski racing. The thing that disturbs me the most about kids that race today is the attitude they often have regarding their success or failure. I hate to see, (as one example) a kid who is having trouble finishing a slalom course, and I hear from him: "I think I need heel lifts, footbeds, tip deflectors, a 3 degree side bevel, cants, shorter skis, longer skis, different skis, different color goggle lens, etc." It seems that with all the talk of technology, kids can forget that ski racing is a sport, just like football, basketball or track, and it requires hard work and dedication to become good. Lets leave the heel lifts and wax jobs in the category they belong - fine tuning. I am not at all saying that these things aren't important, or that they don't contribute to success, but it bothers me when an athlete is having problems and its never his fault.

Whoa, got a little off the subject there, but anyway, yes I'm interested.
post #8 of 10
Hmm, going into my 14th year of collegiate coaching, I think I've had only about five FIS-level athletes -- but I certainly get to see lots of FIS-level athletes each weekend from other colleges smoking my team!
BTW, I agree that lots of jr racer whining is just . . . whining, but when it comes to stance alignment concerns (heel lifts, cants, etc.) that is not merely fine tuning (along the lines of the right wax, ski, etc.). For some athletes a few wedges can achieve what a lifetime of training & coaching can never accomplish.
post #9 of 10
Very true... but a lot of racers are awfully quick to place blame on their equipment, coach, wax, etc. Maybe cant was a bad example, since a cant is designed to correct a very specific problem. What bothers me is that racers are coddled in a way that doesn't exist in other sports. Can you imagine telling your football coach that you fumbled the ball because you weren't wearing the right kind of gloves?
"If I could only get my hands on race stock skis......"
post #10 of 10
Over the years the things I've noticed the best have in common are:
1. Strong work ethic
2. Great determination
3. Natural talent
The third one doesn't do any good without the first two.
Equipment is "fine tuning". The good ones just get faster when it's right. I'm a huge advocate of alignment. We really don't "teach" much. We just present an oppertunity to learn. One of the first things I learned years ago was written in How The Racers Ski. "If an athlete can't correct a problem, no matter what you do, it's probably equipment related". Works for me most of the time. Whenever one of my kids is in a slump the first thing I do is get them on the "wands". Kids change in a month or two during their growth spurt.
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