Originally Posted by 4ster
BTW Bode Miller has always had a relatively narrow
Bode's stance adapts to the situation at hand. He has one of the most fluid stances on the World Cup circuit, which fits his über-dynamic skiing style.
The trend, of late, is for SL specialists to narrow their stance, while GS and above get progressively wider for better stability. A narrow stance is far less beneficial outside of SL, where tracking the most inside line is not always the tactic at hand (not that it's always the right tactic in SL, but it's far easier to do with single-pole, non-flagged gates). Herbst and Pranger are somewhat one-trick-ponies in terms of their SL skiing, which is their choice. The French men have a slightly wider stance, but a lot of their guys (Lizeroux and Grange, for example) are branching out into GS and speed events to become all-around powers and compete for overall points status. Kostelic has a wide stance compared to most of the SL powerhouses, but he's also a true all-event skier and it works to his advantage (he's also taller than the Austrian SL specialists, as a side note).