I guess we all see different things...
Originally Posted by tdk6
Nice skiing. However, I have some advice for you that you might want to try out. Lets look at what I think whent wrong. I think that you are moving too much in the vertical plane. You are vaulting over at transition. You are not working with your legs. No flexion and extention. This is really where you set your limitation to lots of things, most importantly edge angle. My que for fixing this is to focus on a couple of things like really deep flexing through the transition. This would limit your vertical CoM moving and insted of having your CoM moving down during the high c it would allredy be in place resisting the building centrifugal force. Also, as you come to the gate you can see that you are transporting your whole body arround the gate. Try to go on the inside. This you can do if you are lower and have more overall inclination. Try to separate your upper and lower body and have your skis ski on the outside of the gate and you go on the inside. If you make rounder turns with more edge hold you will get more centrifugal force and more overall inclination and more speed. Now your head stays in place and your body swings underneath. Go lower in the transition and let your skis ski away from underneath you at transition in a cross under manner and keep your body low. Bend more at the waist. Further forwards. Extend your outside leg into the turn. Think long leg short leg with as much angulation as you can get. Furthermore, try to hit the gates at apex. Dont try to be to early. Try to face down the fall line and ski into counter and into anticipation. If you are too early you will have to square your body too much in the lower c making your hips rotate out and that will make your skis skidd. You should be square at the gate but comming out of a strong upside down body position. Canting could help but its not only canting, its also ski tuning and technique. Also try to hit the gate with your inside foot shin guard. Try to point your inside knee on the inside of the gate. Thats what Paersson said she focussed on when she won a race a few years back. That was her main cue for skiing that day. Its worth to give a try. You need to cure that A-frame dont you? Its ok to A-frame if your butt is touching the snow and you are winning WC races but you are not there yet
. Also, check out your outside arm. Its reaching for the gate. That in combination with everything else you do at the moment makes it impossible to cut a clean and smooth and fast line through the course. How do I know all this, simple, I ski the same way you do
only much worse!
Thanks for sharing.
...but I'm not seeing a lot of this, or at least not to this extent. I don't see any vaulting over the transition, and I do see the legs flexing and extending...it's just not real apparent because it's happening fairly quietly and in balance. Bigger edge angles...which can maybe come with whatever it takes to get out of the A-frame...would mean that you have to do a bigger change from the "short leg, long leg" on one side to the "short leg, long leg" on the other side...which is the flexion and extension we're talking about. And as I said above, those bigger angles might help to make tighter, shorter arcs, allowing more glide time.
The outside arm is reaching for the gate, but I don't see it coming across the body, I see it going forward, which ain't necessarily a bad thing...watch what Mario Matt does, for example. I prefer to move the upper body and arms as a unit to contact the gate, but I think it also works to move forward with the arm, as long as the rest of the body doesn't go backwards at the same time.
I agree with skiing into and out of the angulation/counter, but remember that these are moves
, not positions. I hear what you're saying about trying to hit the gate with the outside foot shinguard, but a little of that goes a long way. I see a lot of racers, especially the juniors at my home hill, focusing so much on what they have to do to contact the gate and what they need to do with the upper body that there's nothing happening from the waist down. They look like they're playing tennis with their feet nailed to the court. What's been working for me this year in SL is to:
- Try to make good technical turns wholistically...without
micromanaging the details of technique, especially
when I'm actually in course. It's fine to do video analysis ad nauseum
, but as Olle Larson pointed out in an article some time ago, most Masters racers think way too much when they're in the gates. Look ahead, go all out, and most important, ski racing is an athletic endeavor, so you have to make a connected series of athletic moves, whatever they may be, or it ain't gonna happen. If your goal is to run down your favorite SL hill in running shoes in the summer, goes what happens if you stop moving from foot to foot? Answer: You stop moving down the hill.
- Try to have good tactics by skiing the terrain as well as the gates. In fact, pay more attention to looking where my skis are supposed to go so that I don't get "gate fixation." If I do all this, then I pretty much contact the gates with whichever part of my body volunteers first, which seems to work out.
- Stop trying to ski perfectly, and try to ski fast. In watching the recent Aspen Women's GS, I was struck by the fact that all the fast women made mistakes
...but still went fast. If you're pushing the line and trying to go all out, you're probably going to make a mistake or two, from which you'll either recover and make a fast time, or not. Skiing slalom is a lot like skiing bumps. It helps to anticipate and make good things happen proactively, but when the wheels fall off, which they're likely to do, you need to have the ability to fight your way back into the game and continue on.
- Amp up the volume. A lot of going faster in slalom is just quickness. I can make about the same moves, some of the time, as one of my teammates, who is about a 60 FIS point SL racer. I just can't do it as fast...right now. But I can try to get quicker, which is why I play serve and volley tennis against 20 year olds all summer. If you're doing everything right and it feels comfortable, you're probably not pushing things hard enough. Up your tempo and see what happens. If you go faster, great. You just reached the next level, so think about what you need to do to get to the level after that. If not, back up, get your fundamentals and spontaneity back in order...as in, go ski some powder, or bumps, or both...and give it another shot.
- Most of all, try to enjoy the damned sport by pushing my limits, not by trying to be Bode, or Benni, which ain't gonna happen. I love DH, and I'll put up with SL...until I ace a couple of runs on my terms, then I'm a slalom jock. Doesn't matter if I didn't go as fast as my 60 point buddy, as long as I went faster than I ever thought