Geez, CW--no, I have no idea what your point is, or why you're belaboring it. Or perhaps I do understand your point, but I fail to see your basis for it!
There is an ENORMOUS difference between saying that "unweighting is undesirable" (your out-of-context quote of me), and that it is "not necessary or even desirable for linked, carved turns, any more than a car needs to "unweight" to turn from right to left" (what I actually said). Context is crucial--if I'd meant to end the sentence with "undesirable," I would have!
Anyway, in case I really wasn't clear, let me restate my position: Unweighting is a highly desirable, extremely important, skill in skiing! No, it is not always necessary, and it can be detrimental to control if misused, but when it's needed, nothing else will do! And--it can be fun, even when it ISN'T needed.
So if you thought I was implying that unweighting is a bad thing, I apologize for being unclear. But please hear this now: I wasn't saying that! And the only reason that I'm bothering to re-explain this point is that I think it is an important one! Unweighting--like steering--is an essential tool. That it isn't ALWAYS needed does not imply that it isn't EVER needed! That it is sometimes undesirable does not imply that it is ALWAYS undesirable!
I also thought I had made it quite clear that I have no problem with people using terminology differently than I do. (I quote: "No Problem!"--from my 8:10pm post of 11/1). If that sounds like "getting down" on Dr. Go, it certainly isn't what I intended. I intended what I said--"no problem!"
I KNOW that people use words differently. I accept it. I even cherish it! It makes life interesting, and it does not offend me in any way that someone else defines a word differently than I do. What DOES bother me is when someone else tries to put words I didn't say in my mouth--and then criticizes me for having said something quite counter to my beliefs. THAT is what I "got down" on HH for. I couldn't care less how he defines "steering," but I'd prefer he not tell others--wrongly--how I define it.
I have argued this point strongly in discussions of PSIA's "Glossary Project" (actually, an independent project at the HyperChange Cafe that PSIA is apparently interested in). I am on record firmly AGAINST attempts to create "official" definitions, to insist that words SHOULD be defined certain ways. I have stated that words have their own lives, that their real meaning is in the minds of those who hear or read them, regardless of the intent of those who speak or write them! I've gone so far as to reject suggestions that my own book be used as the "official" guide. The real benefit of discussing a term's definition is not to arrive at THE definition, but to increase our awareness of how others use terms, that we may better know how to avoid being misunderstood.
I don't mind being misunderstood, CW. I don't take it personally, and I'll do my best to clarify if I confuse someone. But as you can see, I do mind being misquoted!
By-the-way, Dr. Go, regardless of how we define it, I agree with you that we DO see unweighting to varying degrees--sometimes even EXTREME degrees--in World Cup racing still today.
CW--just for kicks, I just looked up "unweighting" in the American Heritage Dictionary. I was surprised to find that the only definition it gives is a ski-specific one! The dictionary defines "unweighting" as "to reduce the pressure on (a ski) by shifting one's weight in order to execute a turn." For whatever that's worth....
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 03, 2001 11:48 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Bob Barnes/Colorado ]</font>