Thursday, November 26, 2020

Taylor: Fear of total failure – Part II

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In my last post, Fear of Failure: Part 1, I discussed the sad epidemic of fear of failure that I find to be rampant...

Letter: U.S. Ski & Snowboard views Buck Hill FIS venue, Chuck Stone Memorial as...

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Upon hearing about the new FIS Homologation at Buck Hill earlier this Summer, I was very excited about the opportunities it would present. More...

Taylor: Fear of failure – Part I

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After the abrupt end of the last race season, everyone in the ski racing community is “jonesing” to get back on the hill to...

The Achilles tendon: a skier’s most neglected point of weakness

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I love writing on topics that combine injury rehabilitation, skiing, and current events. With real-life Achilles himself, American Olympic alpine skier Steve Nyman, recently...

Rokos to coaches: Keep your politics out of sports

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As of last week, coaches of sports at some institutions of secondary education were urged to make sure all eligible students-athletes are registered and...

Taylor: Innovate or die — constant evolution is key to American ski racing success

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In addition to my work in the sports world, I have also consulted extensively in the corporate setting over the years. This work has...

Pino’s Preview: There have never been more questions ahead of Soelden

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Soelden has always represented something of a premature start to the Alpine World Cup season. This year, it’s a week earlier than normal due...

Radamus: The American development system

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The most underutilized resources in the United States’ ski racing system are the colleges and universities.

Letter: The problem with speed events

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I enjoyed the article written by Kirk (Dwyer) and he brings up many valid points as it relates to speed vs tech. Kirk and...

Navigating development: How to overcome the ultimate Canadian dilemma

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In the mid 1970s, CBC journalist David Ritchie penned a book, “Ski the Canadian Way,” along with chapter contributions from notable athletes his brother, John, was coaching at the time: Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Irwin and Dave Murray. You read that correctly — the Crazy Canucks.

Taylor: Fall matters more than ever — make it count!

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It’s hard to believe the summer, what I consider Phase I of the ski racing prep period, is over. This summer was especially difficult...

Letter: Abuse in ski racing

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This should be posted as a point of public service. I have just come across a veryInteresting new film out of France on a long-hidden,...

Pritchard: Some of my favorite movements for the alpine athlete

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It's important to remember that athletics often require an array of strength, power, mobility and stability across multiple planes of motion. Often times we can get carried away with the weight on the bar or the speed at which we are training but neglect which direction we are going.

Rokos: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

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University of Colorado coach Richard Rokos chimes in with some words of wisdom about the upcoming season. Things aren't as bad as they look on the surface, he says. We can make the best of this!

Radamus: Competition raises effort and pushes personal limits

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The issue is not that there are not enough opportunities for athletes to receive comprehensive and professional training and coaching; the issue is there are too many.

Letter: Keep the upbeat news coming!

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Thank you Ski Racing Media for sharing Todd Firestone’s letter: Why the Pandemic Could Spur Needed Reform for the North American Ski Industry (September...

Taylor: What prevents mental training from being a key part of ski racing development

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Mental training, traditionally called sport psychology, can suffer from ‘guilt by association’ with the broader field of clinical psychology that still carries the stigma that only screwed-up people seek professional help. This perception, however inaccurate it is, can prevent athletes, coaches, and parents from seeing mental preparation for what it is.

Letter: Why the pandemic could spur needed reform of the North American ski industry

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I think a lot of ‘ski’ people dream of replicating the atmosphere and winter culture of the Alps with the countless surface lifts scattered...

Gundersen: Junior development (Part 2) — alpine skiing

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In Junior Development Part 1 – Lessons from Soccer, a look inside the Philadelphia Union and its Union Academy, I described what’s happening at...

Letter: Are ski domes the answer?

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Where are the Europeans training this summer? Check out the article on FIS Alpine about how the Germans, French, Petra, etc. are training in...

Fall line: Learning from Stephen Curry and Tom Brady

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Curry and Brady are just two examples that any scientist would say are anecdotal examples, not scientific proof of nurture versus nature. But given that there is science behind this principle and many, many examples in ski racing, I propose it is irrefutable that ski racers can be made and are not necessarily born.

Costa: COVID-19 is the largest injury risk ever posed to skiers

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A combination of risk factors including high skiing speed, athlete strength, equipment, snow conditions, course/terrain changes, and the risk-consuming attitudes of a skier makes skiing one of the most dangerous sports.

Letter: Ski Racing in America is expensive

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"My family lived in Switzerland for a year where my son skied on a regional U14 team. ... Since we are not Swiss it was explained to us that we would have to pay a rather expensive fee - the charge for the full year was $600."

Letter: Being good at everything

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"It's Not About Tech VS Speed" got my attention and made me compare what I was reading to my own experience as a full-time...
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