No different with Bode, IMHO. He happens to load the tails in SL, so he has a ski built for him that works with his technique. He thinks skiing with longer skis and stivoting is faster than taking a higher line and carving around certain gates in certain races, so he makes it happen by having more skis than almost anyone else. But the fundamentals of great skiing are always there. I just see what he does as more "art" than pure "science."
Going back to golf, Tiger "I slept with more skanks than you" Woods can do things, like his "stinger" off the tee, that no other human can do. Does that make the "stinger" an example of bad technique since he doesn't follow through? Is it bad technique to play the The Open (British Open) using a stinger off the tee and not a driver, which is the conventional thing to do? Heck, no.He is simply playing the course. What he does is simply "art" on the golf course, and what Bode does is simply "art" on the race course.
CTK, Bode's "Good technique" is like Seve in golf.
Seve was a great golfer, but he wasn't a good one. His greatness came from his ability to play remarkable recovery shots following on from bad lies. Other golfers would have taken two or three shots to get out of the rough, but he could do it in one.
Bode is great at getting himself out of bad situations that would throw other skiers. But a lot of other skiers have better technique, so they don't end up in the bad situation, and they still finish with excellent times.
So, next time you watch Bode steer his inside ski to get himself out of a bad situation, or rotate his hips - the way he frequently does - think of Seve.
They are both similar - and both great ambassadors for their sports.
Edited by quant2325 - 2/26/10 at 9:56am