Originally Posted by tylrwnzl
This is my theory on it. The conditions that Olympic and World Cup events are based on are more favorable toward eastern skiers. Eastern skiers are more accustomed to the hard, icy surfaces which most of the events take place on than the better snow conditions of the west. Even the moguls run in this Olympics because of the rain made it more similar to eastern skiing than western with the heavy, slushy snow that skiers from the East would be more accustomed to.
Bode's good because he grew up without electricity!
I think all ski racers should now be trained that way.
Outhouses, no t.v., no running water. You have to ski for your dinner!
Lindsey went to Vail when she was eleven. Thus, she became a racer in the west. Your theory has often been espoused but there is no proof to it.
Soft snow teaches touch.
Originally Posted by akaplan9
I shall withold judgement on that but...did you notice that Olympic alpine events at BC have been postponed because of TOO MUCH SNOW!!??
Of course, this is because standards for race conditions are much different than recreational skiing conditions. So far as I know there is no racing in powder whereas they do race on ice packed. So I generally agree with Ty's observations that conditions are closer to East and European than Western powder.
How about they add powder skiing category? Freestyle?
Let's see. Try driving a snow mobile at 80 mph while it's snowing and make turns around poles. You don't get to let off the gas. The penalty for missing a turn is injury or death.
There is nothing new about canceling races due to snow. Happens all the time. Ski racing is somewhat unfair as it is. Hard snow means people who go later don't have huge ruts, just smaller ones.
Imagine if we had to wait for a powder dump?
The east theory is bogus. Europeans? They ski everything and ski from very young. They often live in the mountains. They don't have to go far. Sounds like Bode and Lindsey too.
Plus, the Alps are nothing like New England. To say the least. (Even having to say that is hilarious though!
) They, they have avalanches there! They also have massive vertical drops in some places - 5k feet. That means runs can be long.