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Test--slalom photo sequence

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Just testing--if I've done this right, a photo-sequence of Laure Pequegnot of France winning the World Cup Slalom at Copper Mountain should appear below:


Best regards,
Bob Barnes

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Hey--it worked! All right--what do you all think?


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Bob Barnes
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That is the coolest pic that anyone has ever put up here. Too bad the gates dont move. Nice job though!!
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Greg--making the gates move would be difficult to do while keeping the clarity of the whole sequence. I actually had to cut out the bent and knocked-down gates from the frames in which they occured. The sequence is taken from my video camera, though--I could post straight video that would show the gates moving "normally."

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #5 of 13
Very slick Bob - I'm going to snag any such sequences you post if you don't mind to show to our instructors when we are talking about some mechanics! (So post a lot!)
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Be my guest, Todd. I'll put up a GS sequence shortly as well. I wish I'd had a chance to shoot some of the men's events too, but Beaver Creek was cancelled and Aspen was just a little too far away for me to get to.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #7 of 13
WOW!! BOB, You rock!

I like the first turn a lot then and her adaptability after that. But she clearly is much more in the back seat thru second and third transitions which then results in her needing to displace the tail of her left ski and drive it onto the big toe (a-frame, wedge entry, skid) to get the third turn started because she couldn't pressure the ski tips to initiate the turn on correct line, on time. She seem to be moving a bit too lateral thru her transitions (vs diaganoly forward) and her skis jet (ala Killy) out from under her thru transitions. Inside ski scrubbs and throws more snow in second and third turns (speed loss). How much faster she could be if she were cleaner into the falline? Backseat = Compensating Mmovements even at WC level. I aspire to compensate so well. :

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 14, 2001 08:49 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Arcmeister ]</font>
post #8 of 13
Great Post! You filmed this yourself? Its great to see an actual in-live-action shot of such a technical race. Its an easy way to cretique a racer and anyone else for that matter.
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Nice Bob!!!
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Great sequence and on target comments.

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post #11 of 13
Outstanding Bob. I am impressed indeed.

I have a question which may seem stupid, but anyway ... Why do racers hit the gate with the outside hand (forearm)? It almost seems to get them overrotated. In my feeble brain it seems that using the inside forearm would be more efficient, especially since one tends to lead with that part of the body. Is it because racers are so close to the gate that the inside forearm is too far inside to hit the gate? :

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 15, 2001 05:20 AM: Message edited 1 time, by TomB ]</font>
post #12 of 13
What you ask points out the most common negative result of poor hand disipline resulting in poorly executed cross-blocks. The outside hand (cross-block) should be used only when the racer can carve with feet close enough to the gate that the line of the hips passes inside the base of the gate. In this case little or no reaching (rotating) should be requireed to acomplish the cross-block and a big counter would be needed for an inside clear.

There are some course situations when a racer who only cross-blocks can lose time or even get into trouble. Cross-blocking on a steep, icy fall-away invites disaster where an inside clear would keep body over the feet and create more solid platform with strong angles. Time gets lost when a racer cross-blocks the middle poles in a flush (taking the body to other side of the centerline of the flush) missing an opportunity to keep their body in a straighter/shorter path down the entry/exit side of the flush. Watch closely, the smoothest racers will use only left or only right hand thru flushes keeping body always on one side of poles, just snaking the feet around bases.

Another common error is dropping the inside hand/shoulder down and/or back, which among other problems, can also create some rotation. This is compounded with many juniors who can not carve the feet close enough to the gate showing how the the big reach/rotate you mentioned de-angulates their body with a resulting tail wash out. The best racers keep the upper body more vertical and the shoulders more level and square to the next gate by also reaching forward with the inside hand after the pole plant is released. Bob's second SL racer sequence shows signs of a lazy inside hand causing issues. Hand disipline is one of those little things that either works for you or against you (with no in between).
post #13 of 13
Bob this is great! You still surprise me with your versatility, author, instructor, photographer and computer magician.

Outstanding... ...Ott
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