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Whatta Guy!

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
So after the intial confusion of "tip right to go left", Rusty Guy overcame his nervousness and KILLED his Level III exam!!!! I am so PROUD of you Rusty! Atta go!
post #2 of 29
Way to go, now you can really start to learn. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #3 of 29
Congratulations Rusty!
But.. wasn't it tip left to go left and tip right to go right?

May I ask a related question (and yet not related to you personally, Rusty); Aussies, French, German, Austrian and American instructors, feel free not to answer.
Does, in any of the aforementioned countries, a person wishing to start down (or better, up) in the instruction path of any given sport need to present a medical certificate attesting he/she can perform said sport at racing level?
I probably am not clear. In Italy, anyone who wishes to start his carreer as an instructor must pass the same medical examination as anyone who wishes to race (members of ski club
must present this medical certificate every year, or they will not be able to compete) and provide the relative certificate to the examinators, before starting his instructor's examsDoes the same apply anywhere else?
post #4 of 29
Matteo, if you have a pulse, you can teach here.
post #5 of 29
If you have a pulse you can teach AND race here. I'm surprised Italy which I understand has no real concerns with liability suits seems to be way out front on this.

[ March 08, 2003, 09:44 AM: Message edited by: L7 ]
post #6 of 29
Congratulations, Rusty, and kudos to the Boss for making a big deal of it. Level III ain't no cakewalk.
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And, good job!!!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #8 of 29
Well done Rusty Guy. Lev III is a fantastic personal achievement. Happy turns. The ISIA stamp means you can now ski the world as a pro and get paid for it .... well a little pay ... sometimes ..... but just think of all those mountains out there

Next winter you will be in big demand. Choose your resort wisely and keep training.

Cheers, enjoy.

Oz :
post #9 of 29

Congratulations - way to go! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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YOU DA MAN!!! Sorry, I was thinking of Tiger.

Just make sure Robin dosen't give you any beginner classes as a reward. I had one wack my knee this week and take me off skis for 10 days. On the other hand, we have a tradition at Copper newly certified instructors get Level 1 classes. You guys should do they same.

As warm as it is today I'm thinking it's almost time to tee it up. Are you ready?
post #11 of 29
Congrats Rusty! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Now relax your focus so as to see the "big picture" and discover the wide, wide, world of skiing beyond the box of PSIA packaging.
post #12 of 29
Great job---awesome accomplishment.
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Thank you for your kind comments. I don't want this to sound like an Emmy award show, however.....

Thanks Robin for ALL your support and for teaching me in a very succinct way to get a little youthfullness and athleticism in my skiing.

Bob B has spent countless hours helping me. How in the world could I fail when I have been under the watchfull eye of one of the kindest gentlemen and the best teachers in the west! You could run into a tree and Bob would smile and find something kind to say.

Deb and Skip have never treated me as though I was "just a level I or II. They have always listened to my ideas and made me feel "valid".

Jennifer Metz took a day and taught me more about bumps than I can ever describe. All my fears went away because I finally learned the right movements.

My examiner Rick Herwehe who did all he could to make the two days fun and pressure free. Chris Easton our former SSD and PSIA-RM examiner who helped me in years one and two.

I will be the first to admit I wanted this very badly. It means a great deal to me.

I want to tell every single ski instructor seeking certification that if this old uncoordinated guy can do it you can. Just keep turning them.
post #14 of 29
Rusty Guy said:
I will be the first to admit I wanted this very badly. It means a great deal to me.
This is the recipe it takes to get level 3. No total commitent, no level 3. Once you have the right movement patterns the real learning begins.
post #15 of 29
Forget a thousand steps.....dial in 10,000 pivot slips and do them in the worst snow you can find!

Take off your jacket and go find the worst snow in the world, find boot top slop, start doing pivot slips.....fall.....clean up and do it again, and again, and again.

Then go ski the worst bumps you can find with no poles. Ski them until you fall but don't ever leave the gravity line.

Do it between three oclock and four oclock alone after a full day of lessons when your feet are so cold you can't feel a thing below your knees. After that, the test is like falling off a log.
post #16 of 29
Congratulations Rusty!

It shows that I've been too busy these days--being three days late with this post. But well done, Rusty--some of the highest teaching marks I've known.

Do watch out for those trees.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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Bob- Thanks again and you should be proud. All the gang at Eldora that you trained passed their level II today. I'm sure they will be getting in touch to offer their thanks.

Congrats to Tom, Gary, Sara, Mark, and Ian. I think they are all still at the bar at Eldora hoisting a few!

All disciples of the venerable Mr. Barnes.
post #18 of 29
congrats Rusty

What else can we say!
post #19 of 29
Again, well done Rusty. Inspirational (how old is old?! If it turns out you're like 45, I take it all back!).

Regarding other question: no med cert to get certified in Oz, however the biggest resort makes you undergo a knee test before they offer you a contract (every year). They get some orthopaedic surgeons down from Sydney to do it.
I passed, with patello-femoral problems, which they picked up, but found the structure of my knee was sound.
post #20 of 29
Congratulations Rusty. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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congratulations Rusty [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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WICKED COOL! And in such a short period of time!
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Wonderful! Congratulations! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Oh Rusty! I get back, a few hours ago, from the beaches of southern Florida where we spent our days in 85 deg. sunshine, watching the early spring breakers strut their stuff and read that you have joined the ehteral ranks of top gun insturctors.

There is no one more deserving of it, congratualtion.

post #25 of 29
A great many folks have congratulated me and nothing means as much as hearing it from you.

I got lucky and had an examiner with bad eyesight!

To those of you who don't know this man I will simply say there isn't a better soul on earth. If there was one guy to pick to ski with for the rest of your days it would be Ott.

The guy is a hoot!

Thank you my friend
post #26 of 29
Hey Rusty!!! I haven't posted in a LOOOOONG time, but I figure this is a worthwhile time to do it. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

It was certainly a pleasure meeting you. I wish we could have made some turns when I was down there. I was bummed out that you had to work. Some other time, eh?

Robin. Get out there and remind all your instructors WHY you are the boss. You ski pretty good for a sawed-off Canuckle-head. Sitting behind the desk doesn't do your talent justice. I had a ton of fun skiing with you over the weekend. My best Deb and Elke. Miche sez "Thanks!!!" We miss you guys!!!

Spag :
post #27 of 29
Again, thanks to all for the kind words. This is a wonderful community.

Robin is healthy and out on skis. He lead a clinic last week with the soul intent of scrambling my already rattled brain. I think it might have been a little bit of the stuff you folks did in the clinic. It was fun.
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
Spag! Long time without your endearing wit! I am presently stuck behind the desk doing budgets etc, as I watch the snow fall out my window. It was indeed a blast to ski with you and Kim again! Can't wait until the next Edwin Terrel Clinic!
Rusty, my intent was not to scramble your brain! Just to explore the polarities of our understanding and movements as they relate to sometimes disconnected intent/technique. Remember Winnie the Pooh..."perhaps if this time we look for the pit, we will instead find what we were looking for".
post #29 of 29
Hmmmm. That story sounds familiar. Poor Rabbit. In his quest to find his way out of the woods, he kept leading his friends to the pit. In our quest to find the "perfect" turn, I kept finding my edge! I used to think that was a GOOD thing. Now I have to wait a season to let confusion diffuse. That clinic was awesome. I too am waiting impatiently for next year's Edwin Clinic.

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