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12/12/08 at 5:55pm
Isn't that what people driving the model-t said about horses?
Not sure if that makes any sense....
Besides, aren't you skiing on things made in this century now?[/quote]
I've officially adopted the "my favorite skis are the ones I have on" slogan....regardless of decade of origin
Tom Ross remembers: Little Jack lived and skied large
by Tom Ross
Taylor was the world champion mogul skier for three consecutive years (1975-77). During those days, one never knew when he might return home to Steamboat and set runs like Concentration ablaze with his speed and precision. He could be intimidating to mere mortals. His ability to turn rapidly in the bumps was dazzling, yet his upper body was supremely quiet, his wrists flicking subtly to set each pole plant.
Pro tour veteran Rusty Taylor (no relation) said Little Jack taught him his method for keeping a quiet upper body and his gaze three or four bumps ahead.
“Jack visualized his hands and eyes forming an isosceles triangle,” Rusty Taylor said. “He always kept his eyes and hands in the same plane, and his goal was never to let one side of the triangle get longer than the other.”
By adhering to this relationship among hands and eyes, Little Jack was always in balance, letting his hips and legs turn the skis while his upper body addressed the fall line.
Doug Muller, another Steamboat-based pro mogul skier from those days, said Little Jack was known for launching huge air — twister spreads and spread eagles — right down the fall line.
“Jack had a style no one else ever quite had,” Muller recalled. “He was so balanced, his pole plants were always at 10 and 2 o’clock. He was always competing with himself, and I can’t say I ever saw him fall down.”
Little Jack’s best friend, Big Jack Carey, called Taylor the forerunner of modern moguls skiing.
“Jack was the quickest turner, knees going so quick, absorbing bumps. He didn’t do recoveries. He was the closest thing to a flawless bump skier. Contests were not a dual format. It was one man skiing his line and judged by a panel of five.”
I stumbled on this video of still images from the '70's.
Nice K2 bases!! the red/white/blue stripes.
Jeans! Sittin' back on moguls! Some serious air!
I love the tandem jump at 2:59