Let me begin with a question: What does the COVID-19 crisis have in common with a ski race?
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.
What should you do the day before a race? Should you rest completely? Take the day off? Ski a couple runs? Full length...
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 Shiffrin’s rise to the top of skiing there are lessons we can all learn from.
"It's Not About Tech VS Speed" got my attention and made me compare what I was reading to my own experience as...
How to prepare for success in the season ahead with a clear vision and a definite plan.
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.
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.
With ski season coming to an abrupt end, use mental imagery to continue to develop your skiing technically, tactically, and mentally away from the hill.
Following the 1950 FIS World Championships in Aspen, journalist and Alta Ski Area founder James Laughlin took to the papers to...
Ever since Erik Schlopy’s kids clicked into skis when they were 2 years old, he’s only had one goal for them...
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.
It’s a different animal but it can lead to similar or even better results for skiers in the long run.
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.
Editor's note: This second story in a two-part series focuses on what helped athletes make their leap into the big leagues. See...
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