Thursday, November 26, 2020

Rokos: The problem with the US Ski Team and college

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College programs operate with solid financial resources and typically excellent facilities, staff and support systems, thanks to the presence of collegiate funding. For the NGB, this is an opportunity to broaden the developmental base.

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...

Davis: Beer league made me love ski racing again

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This Valentine's Day, an ex-ski racer gives his long-lost love one more chance, in the name of beer and victory.

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.

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.

Lewis: Making failure your friend

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Embracing failure is critical for all athletes, but especially for ski racers. Everything about ski racing is tough.

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.

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?

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...

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.

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.

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.

Dual Download

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Richard Rokos riffs on how to maximize the potential of dual format

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.

The Pino Preview: Not expecting any surprises in Levi (but can’t wait to see...

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And yet between the first writing of that headline and circling back to edit, comes our first surprise. Finnish authorities have just quarantined the...

A Strong Team is a Recipe for Success

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A strong team dynamic teaches everything from respect, to pushing limits, to never giving up - all skills that correlate to physical success.

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...

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.

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...

Taylor: Ski racing meets COVID-19: what to say, what to do

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We humans don’t like disruptions in our lives. We like to feel safe, secure, and comfortable. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it means...

Taylor: How to keep your physical and mental mojo all season long

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Consistency is particularly hard during the long and exhausting season. Travel, cold weather, intense training, a lot of races, and having to balance school, friends, and ski racing can just plain wear you down.

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...

The Pino Preview: Dueling for our attention

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While we always come into the season feeling a little blind, not knowing who’s on pace, there’s no better occasion to whiteboard than when...

Bingaman: How to nail your pre-race dryland routine

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What should you do the day before a race? Should you rest completely? Take the day off? Ski a couple runs? Full length training? Hammer...
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