I think that's pretty perceptive, on both counts, and also what you said up above re the stock way anybody would be set up vs. what the WC athletes are doing. I think Benni Raich has changed his setup, but I heard a couple of years ago, when he was picked as the "anti-Bode" to take away the World Cup, they had Benni's boot cuffs canted severely out and had him way jacked forward. Reasoning: he'd always be able to find a new edge easily, even when things got dicey and he had to recover, and being way forward would mean that he'd always be able to find the front part of the ski easily. Translation: his setup would always be able to buy him a turn, and he'd be 5th every time, which is kind of the way it turned out. The downside: he'd have a very "edgy" stance, and wouldn't be able to have the edge slice through the snow like Bode.
To move away from alignment for a minute, I use a stock 1/3 bevel on all my Atomics, for all events, which is what Atomic recommends for all its current generation skis, and it works just fine for me. I've heard that, for injected courses of WC difficulty, most of the guys are flat base, 5 side...or more. There's no way I could handle that...but there's no need for me to, because the Masters courses I race on aren't anywhere near that severe.
It's not that even the top athletes don't, occasionally, have equipment issues that slip through the cracks. I think I heard a story that either Julia Mancuso or Resi Steigler, Lange athletes, was skiing in a boot that was too stiff a couple of years back, and somebody finally saw what was happening and made the change. Re Vonn, I'm just guessing, but she obviously has an incredible amount of resources at her disposal. I'm sure Head will build her whatever skis and boots she wants, and set them up any way she wants. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? The season has started, she's doing well on her current setup, so if I were her, I'd always consider a change...but I'd be very reluctant to do anything radical, because there ain't a lot of time at this point in the season to test and iron out any big tweaks. That's what you do in the summer...
Originally Posted by BigE
In my unprofessional opinion -- I am not a bootfitter -- I think Vonn is standing too wide. Her "skis flat" position does not look like it's close enough together.
But who am I to argue with her success?