University of Colorado coach Richard Rokos chimes in with some words of wisdom about the upcoming season. Things aren't as bad as they look on the surface, he says. We can make the best of this!
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.
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.
I think a lot of ‘ski’ people dream of replicating the atmosphere and winter culture of the Alps with the countless surface...
In Junior Development Part 1 – Lessons from Soccer, a look inside the Philadelphia Union and its Union Academy, I described...
Where are the Europeans training this summer? Check out the article on FIS Alpine about how the Germans, French, Petra, etc. are...
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.
"It's Not About Tech VS Speed" got my attention and made me compare what I was reading to my own experience as...
Editor's note: This second story in a two-part series focuses on what helped athletes make their leap into the big leagues. See...
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.
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.
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.
Following the 1950 FIS World Championships in Aspen, journalist and Alta Ski Area founder James Laughlin took to the papers to...
In his second contribution to our ongoing development series, longtime coach Aldo Radamus takes on the elephant in the room: cost.
Many factors go into each athlete’s development, especially in a sport like ski racing that has a mind-boggling array of uncontrollable elements. When they all come together it is a minor miracle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In our second summer series, Ski Racing Media will create a community discussion around the subject of development. We will access...
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.
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!”
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.
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