Monday, September 21, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Turn Up the Volume

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

Development through the ages: What went right? (Part 1)

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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.

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.

Fall Line: Exploring North American development — what are we missing?

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In our second summer series, Ski Racing Media will create a community discussion around the subject of development. We will access...

How to Persist Through Disappointment

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Although ski racing is a sport of heartbreak, you can learn some of life's greatest lessons through those disappointments.

Letter: Developing talent

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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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

Where Ski Racing, Character, and Career Development Intersect

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With its many pathways, decisions and outcomes, ski racing is a fertile ground for career development and the acquisition and honing of life skills.

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...

Development through the ages: What Went Right? (Part 2)

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Editor's note: This second story in a two-part series focuses on what helped athletes make their leap into the big leagues. See...

Development in the US … not a new discussion

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Following the 1950 FIS World Championships in Aspen, journalist and Alta Ski Area founder James Laughlin took to the papers to...

Looking Back to Race Ahead

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As the season comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect, reset and get ready to approach the future with a fresh outlook.

Gundersen: Junior development (Part 1) — lessons from soccer

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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.

Fall line: Learning from Stephen Curry and Tom Brady

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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.

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.
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