Thursday, October 22, 2020

Being Well Trained isn’t Enough for Ski Racing Success

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You must be strong in both body and mind to have success on the slopes.

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.

Pay Now with Effort or Pay Later with Poor Results

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The pain of suffering in the gym this summer is nothing compared to disappointment on the hill next winter.

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.

Self-Reflection as a Tool for Success

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Doug Lewis takes a look back at the journals he kept as a young racer, and reflects on how they helped shape his ski racing career.

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.

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.

Parents Should Do Their Job So Their Young Racers Can Do Theirs

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Dr. Jim Taylor is back with more tips for ski racing parents.

My Case For The College Route

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It’s a different animal but it can lead to similar or even better results for skiers in the long run.

The Red Flags for Over-Invested Ski Racing Parents

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Being an involved parent is important, but how far should you go with your child?

Dig Deep 2020: ELITEAM’s new 12-week online summer program has arrived

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Kelley and Doug Lewis have developed a “complete athlete” program that brings all of the best elements of ELITEAM summer camps to your doorstep.

What’s Your Kids’ Ski Racing ROI?

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

Coach’s Corner: Strength is the Key to Speed

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Today's fastest skiers are also some of the strongest the sport has ever known.

Two Lifts to Help You Train Like an Olympian This Summer

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Ski racers can learn a lot from Olympic lifters.

Turn Up the Volume

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How college skiers get their snow days, and how the skiing community helps.

Eat Well, Ski Fast!

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Can changing your eating habits, and working on eating quality food every day help boost performance on the race hill? You bet!

Managing return to snow after long layoff

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While returning to snow remains a mystery for some, it has already arrived for others.

What Ski Racers Can Learn from George Costanza

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In order to succeed in ski racing, sometimes you have to go against your instincts.

Money in the Bank: Final Prep for Race Season

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Racing season is upon us, have you done all you can to be successful?

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...

The Fall Matters, Make it Count

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As summer turns to fall, now is the time to ramp up your training for the coming season.

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.

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

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Are we fully taking advantage of high school ski racing?
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