Saturday, September 19, 2020

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...

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...

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...

Taylor: Mental preparation is a missing piece of the ski racing puzzle

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Consider the vital importance of the mind in ski racing. Motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, emotions, resilience, adaptability, patience, perseverance, coachability, attitude, collaboration, the list goes on. Yes, these mental “muscles” can develop on their own with individual athletes.

Dwyer: It’s not about tech vs speed

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In his second contribution to our ongoing development series, veteran coach Kirk Dwyer addresses the evolution of sport and the emphasis on tech and speed in alpine development.

Gundersen: Junior development (Part 1) — lessons from soccer

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Industry expert Finn Gundersen, previously headmaster at Burke Mountain Academy, draws comparisons with junior soccer development and outlines lessons that can be applied to alpine ski racing. First in a two-part series.

Radamus: Let’s face it, skiing is expensive

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In his second contribution to our ongoing development series, longtime coach Aldo Radamus takes on the elephant in the room: cost.

Feehan: You can’t simply copy-paste the Norwegian sport model

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Former SRM Editor-in-Chief C.J. Feehan shares some insight from her experience living and coaching in Norway — a nation whose sport model is regarded as one of the best in the world and won’t easily be replicated.

Bindi: Fighting athlete dropouts — the Alta Badia experience

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Like most ski teams, Alta Badia Ladinia Ski Team was experiencing a dramatic dropout rate starting at U16. While this is a shared problem in most sports, in the peculiar mountain environment, it can have disruptive socio-economic consequences.

Letter: Talent isn’t everything

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In Mr. Leever’s essay, Exploring North American development — what are we missing?, he points out that North American junior racers are...

Dwyer: The golden age of skill development

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All of the greats have one thing in common: a lot of time on snow during the golden age of skill development, which is roughly from age eight to puberty for girls and nine to puberty for boys.

Fragmented alpine structure in Canada requires change

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When Alpine Canada stated its intention to become a top-three skiing nation by the 2026 Olympics, they must have known the daunting challenge ahead. It's a challenge that is fully understood by Phil McNichol, Alpine Canada’s high performance director and former U.S. ski team head coach.

Radamus: Reflections on alpine ski racing development in the United States

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There is no question that the United States should have a welcoming, affordable, fulfilling and growing sport system and expect to consistently field one of the most competitive and deepest national teams in the world. Why, then, is this not always the case?

Fall Line: Exploring North American development — what are we missing?

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In our second summer series, Ski Racing Media will create a community discussion around the subject of development. We will access...

Letter: Developing talent

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I have seen a greater and greater emphasis on more and more gate training at the expense of free skiing. The end product is a racer who can ski. My observation over many years is that a skier who can race will always beat a racer who can ski.

Letter: Protective gear has to change to protect athletes

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I was involved in a serious crash at Stoneham Quebec where I clipped a GS gate causing my right ski to launch with me spiraling into the air and landing with the ski close to my body(chest) and cutting the peak of my helmet along with my chin.

Letter: USST, NCAA: Don’t fix the problem, remove the problem.

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I imagine now is as good a time as any to elaborate further on several of the recent responses to the ongoing...

Letter: Memories of Eric Keck

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As an underclassman at GMVS when Keck was a senior, I have a couple short memories of him I’ll pass along here:

Morgan: Nail the free stuff

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Reading through the recent round of articles, letters and comments related to the friction between USSS and NCAA skiing, the phrase that keeps coming to mind is “Same team! Same team!”

Fall Line: What a discussion it has been!

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Ski Racing Media Chairman Dan Leever chimes in on the college ski racing discussion, officially concluding our series on this issue. As Dan says, we have been inspired by broad engagement from the community demonstrated by hundreds of thousands of visitors to SkiRacing.com, hundreds of comments and letters to the editor. Thank you to all who participated.

Letter: NCAA skiing as a pipeline – a single experience

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Articles that have come out surrounding this issue all have one thing in common: they have some serious truths. However, I think...
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