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.