Originally Posted by quant2325
Slovenia isn't exactly the hotbed for good coaching in the speed events. Maze, Andrej Jerman and the rest of them are pretty much on their own.
Maze and Jerman are on their own. Maze completely on her own, Jerman only part (sorry too long and complicated to explain details :)). But nevertheless, they both have Slovenian coaches. Except that since beginning of this season men's team had included Burkhard Schaffer. Others then that, everyone else are Slovenians.
Next to this, Slovenians are probably most represented nation in wax cabins (it goes from ex Bode's tech for SL and GS, current Ligety tech on), and one of most represented in tech disciplines coaches, even though we have only two guys who are head coaches (Slivnik for Finnish women, and Grasic with Canadian men).
Originally Posted by exracer
Of course they don't (you missed my point), but in most cases they switch out the skis for a pair that looks identical.
Not really. Most of time in SG and DH races, they have something like GS or SL skis next to them, and for medal ceremonies, they normally take skis, which you can actually buy in stores (for Fischer for example they normally have Worldcup RC and SC skis). I guess it's about giving idea to people to buy skis, they can actually buy, not just promoting particular company name.
Other then that, skis are taken away from skiers next second they come to finish. First to get checked by FIS officials and then to get stored by techs or coaches (most of time techs are still up on hill when skier comes to finish), while skiers get second pair which is clean of snow, with nicely put ski bands so all names are visible etc. Afterall it's about money, so some extra visibility won't hurt :)