You know, you bring up an interesting point, Lbrother1, about the "aggressiveness" of racers. Ski racing is an unusual athletic event in that, while you certainly need to be aggressive to be successful, that aggressiveness must be channeled and harnessed. There is no "accelerator" in skiing. All a racer can do is avoid losing speed--there isn't much he/she can do to INCREASE speed. It's about GLIDING--which is a concept that doesn't fit well with many aspects of "aggression."
In many competitive events, aggression can be translated into more raw power, more speed, more strength. This can help us run faster, jump higher, punch harder, tackle more visciously, and so on. But again, skiing is about gliding, not grunting! Aggressiveness on skis often makes the racer assume too low a stance, move too harshly, edge too intensely, push too hard.... Excess "aggression" often causes racers to just plain TRY too hard!
If aggressiveness can be turned into FOCUS, clarity, mental intensity and alertness, and the relaxed state that comes only with confidence, then it can help win ski races. The best racers, of couse, do exactly this. "Tranquil aggression" was a description by a coach of the great Swedish racer Ingemar Stenmark--a seeming contradiction that fits perfectly!
And this tranquil aggression is most definitely an attribute that recreational skiers can emulate. Whether skiing a World Cup race, an "extreme" avalanche chute, or a blue run for the first time ever, emotions like aggression and fear must be harnessed to produce a state of focus and "calm"!
I have often stated that one definition that crosses all lines and styles of skiing is that "good skiing" means gliding when possible, not braking. It means "skiing a slow enough line as fast as you can (when you can)." This description applies equally to racers, whose line is determined for them by the gates, to beginners playing with their first real turns, to powder skiing and crud, as well as ice. It involves thinking of "turns" as offensive activities used to control direction--to go where you want to go--as opposed to defensive activities used as brakes to control speed. Yes, a "slow enough line" for a timid recreational skier may be much different from the line downhill racer may choose, but the movements involved in CONTROLLING that line are fundamentally the same.
Also the same is the "offensive" (a more applicable word than "aggressive"?) intent and state of mind. Good turns, at any level from beginner to World Cup competitor, arise from the same intent--to "go that way," rather than to "stop going this way."
Yes, they do it better and faster than most recreational skiers will ever imagine, but racers really do NOT do ANYTHING qualitative that is inappropriate for "every skier" to emulate. The movements and the intents they arise from are fundamentally identical! The top competitor's focus is something most of us can only envy--but it is something we can certainly try to emulate!
Tough, yes, but worth shooting for!