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Hey guys, here is some footage of me knifing some turns after a season out of the gates because of injuries.

This was a CSCF course in Whistler this past May.

Specs :

Male, 20

FIS Racer with a couple of Nor-Am starts. Slalom isn't my thing at all so some of this video wasn't very flattering :P

My injuries were a broken ankle and some major nerve problems in my mid back. (20 points to the one who figures which ankle was broken :P)

Anyways I already have many many opinions on what I have to do like :
Pole Plant timing and position, timing of turn engagement, hip a bit far back and so on, I also think I have a slight rotational issue going on in there and some up unweighting in the GS especially. Anyways guys go wild I'm not shy for criticism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtE5HJxrEto
post #2 of 9
Bad link?
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post #4 of 9
LOL - Jeff Mac's voice on the video. Well, you had some good coaching .

Nice skiing, loose and inside. You're just a bit behind your feet through the whole arc.

Trying "free falling" ahead of the equipment at the top of the arc so that your feet catch up with you in the fall line. A touch too vertical with your movement at the switch... are your poles too long for SL?

Regards,
Matt
post #5 of 9
Did you break the right ankle?
post #6 of 9
Now that I've watched the whole video, I also wonder if you're a touch overcanted L>R. Re. your fore-aft balance, apart from technique, have you tried to play with your ramp angle, forward lean shims, binding position, etc...?

When I watch you ski - it's excellent - but you look like you're skiing from the midfoot to the heel, and from midcuff -> back. You're rarely convincingly on the ball of the foot and the front of the boot with the COM charging ahead as well as inside the arc.

Did Jeff give you some guidance re. these issues?
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by jdistefa View Post
LOL - Jeff Mac's voice on the video. Well, you had some good coaching .

Nice skiing, loose and inside. You're just a bit behind your feet through the whole arc.

Trying "free falling" ahead of the equipment at the top of the arc so that your feet catch up with you in the fall line. A touch too vertical with your movement at the switch... are your poles too long for SL?

Regards,
Matt
Gotta love Jeff! It was my level II Certification course video.

as for following the gear, I'm just used to long speed impulse this quick slalom crap isn't my thing at all :x

And yes, I think my poles could be shorter, Specially with the angles I create.

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Did you break the right ankle?
Yes! yes, I did. Was it just a guess or were there any indications that it was that one? I would like to know what lead you to that conclusion.

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Now that I've watched the whole video, I also wonder if you're a touch overcanted L>R. Re. your fore-aft balance, apart from technique, have you tried to play with your ramp angle, forward lean shims, binding position, etc...?

When I watch you ski - it's excellent - but you look like you're skiing from the midfoot to the heel, and from midcuff -> back. You're rarely convincingly on the ball of the foot and the front of the boot with the COM charging ahead as well as inside the arc.

Did Jeff give you some guidance re. these issues?
Yea my boots were messed up and those Atomics are too stiff and Slalom poles are too long... Thats what we figured as far as equipment goes. Most problems are solved now as I don't have any of the equipement pictured in the vid :P

I think the reason I'm skiing back is like I said, my speed background (I had a hard time breaking 70 points in SL) and a bit of tentativeness after injuries. Working hard on that stuff to get back up to speed though, and yes, Jeff was very helpful! Awesome coach that guy is!

Here is the good link, sorry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WcWShs24E
post #8 of 9
The indications are that you are not fully loading the right leg; your left leg remains further under your body in LH turns to hold you up.

Also the range of flexion is less than the left ankle -- you are straighter out of the boot in left turns than right turns.

Both show that you're still "guarding" or protecting it. It's best seen in the brushies, especially when you wash out on the LH turns.
post #9 of 9
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Good eye! I wanted to know if it was visible in my skiing and how to detect it from an outside perspective so I can do the same to determine weaknesses in the skiing of my athletes!

Thanks
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