Thursday, October 22, 2020

Cutting Edge: How one ski racer survived a life-threatening ski laceration

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Victor Wiacek tells the harrowing story of a routine ski crash and how it led to a life-threatening ski laceration. Victor almost lost his life, saved by coaches, ski patrol and medical staff who were trained and ready to respond. Now he's working on a solution to try to prevent future accidents. More photos included (strong stomach required).

What’s The Deal With Fluoro Wax?

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Skiers have used fluorocarbon wax for that extra bit of speed on race day for years, can you still buy it in the United States?

Fall Line: The Mikaela Method

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In Shiffrin’s rise to the top of skiing there are lessons we can all learn from.

The Top Four Core Exercises for Ski Racers

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When it comes to your core, simple exercises done perfectly are a real challenge.

From the Mouth of a Boot Service Man: Don’t Over Tinker

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Florian Watschinger, an experienced boot service man, shares his point of view about the current trend toward intensive equipment testing for young athletes and the potential trap that comes with it.

A parental advantage?

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Parent coaches are an exception but those who fight their way onto the World Cup tour produced countless winners.

Coach’s Corner: High School Ski Racing; an Opportunity Missed

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Are we fully taking advantage of high school ski racing?

Are You a REALLY Committed Ski Racer?

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Committed ski racers do the things most others don't.

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.

How to find a USCSA college to match academic, ski racing goals

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When it comes to collegiate alpine ski racing, NCAA Division I is not the only game in town. Find the right USCSA college to match your academic and ski racing goals.

Ski Racing on a Budget

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Although ski racing is a costly sport, there are ways to be creative and use the systems and resources available to keep costs down and construct a quality program for your junior ski racer.

Stuck at home? Stay in shape with these race-specific workouts (videos included)

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The recent pandemic leaves most of us without access to a gym. Despite this inconvenience, one can choose to throw in the towel all together or attempt to make oneself better through daily in-home workouts.

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.

Want to Instantly Ski Faster?

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Then Warm Up.

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.

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....

Thomas Stauffer is the giant slayer

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An in-depth interview with the man who dethroned the Austrians and brought home the Nations Cup for Switzerland. Want to know how he did it? This article, brought to us by veteran coach Peter Lange, takes a deep dive into the Swiss system.

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.

What’s Your Kids’ Ski Racing ROI?

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Sometimes, success can't be measured in dollars and cents.

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?

Sprongo Brings AI Video Analysis to the Masses

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How Sprongo's new SIVA intelligent video analysis platform looks to change sport analysis forever.

The Norwegians Say Ski Racing is a Team Sport (and What the U.S. Can...

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There's been a lot of talk about team culture this past year, what can we learn from the team that does it best?

Coach’s Corner: The Leap of Faith in Becoming a Coach

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Contributing writer Monica Huebner chronicles the path to becoming a coach in Germany.
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