Monday, March 1, 2021

Ski Tips w/ Daron Rahlves: Course tactics

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Ski Racing Media, in conjunction with Daron Rahlves and WEND Waxworks, is pleased to present an instructional series, “Ski Tips with Daron Rahlves.” In...

On tour with the Whiteout Circus

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As we approach the opening speed races of the season — a pair of women’s super G at St. Moritz — weather is likely to be...

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...

Breezy Johnson could become the 3rd American to win a downhill title

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I’ve had to read and re-read this sentence a few times to believe it myself: Breezy Johnson could very well win the 2021 downhill...

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...

Bingaman: Pre-skiing warm-up strategies

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A large majority of our lives are run on habits. The habits we form, whether consciously or unconsciously, will often dictate our long-term outcomes. Reaching for...

Ski Tips w/ Daron Rahlves: Finding time out of the start gate

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Ski Racing Media, in conjunction with Daron Rahlves and WEND Waxworks, is pleased to present an instructional series, “Ski Tips with Daron Rahlves.” In...

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...

The 3 most overrated exercises for skiers

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Pistol squatsBanded Lateral WalksRussian Twists There you go. I gave you the take home message right away. If you wanted to stop reading this article...

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.

Placing bets on women’s slalom? Follow the numbers

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There should be only one lead for the women’s slalom preview: The numbers don’t lie. In the last five years of women’s World Cup slalom,...

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.

Porino: There’s a financial crisis in junior ski racing

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles Ski Racing Media will publish on the rising cost of alpine ski racing and the lack of fundamental skill development in the U.S.

A couple Christmas presents yet to unwrap

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For those who felt the 2021 season has taken forever to liftoff, prepare for whiplash. This next rip of races will pack in an...

Taylor: I have another ski racing hero

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Back in December, I wrote an article titled, Parker Biele is My Hero, in which I expressed my admiration for this young ski racer...

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.

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...

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!”

Taylor: The real fear in ‘fear of failure’ — Part III

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In the Part I in my series, Fear of Failure, I introduced you to the epidemic presence of fear of failure in ski racing....

Is Shiffrin’s best yet to come?

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Is Mikaela Shiffrin entering the world championship giant slalom on a rising tide? That’s what I’ve been asking myself following her performances that led...

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.

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.

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...

Taylor: Mental health should be a priority in ski racing

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A number of occurrences compelled me to write this article. First, a growing number of professional athletes are coming forward with their own mental-health...

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