Thursday, November 26, 2020

Taylor: Fall matters more than ever — make it count!

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It’s hard to believe the summer, what I consider Phase I of the ski racing prep period, is over. This summer was especially difficult...

Pritchard: Some of my favorite movements for the alpine athlete

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It's important to remember that athletics often require an array of strength, power, mobility and stability across multiple planes of motion. Often times we can get carried away with the weight on the bar or the speed at which we are training but neglect which direction we are going.

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.

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).

Watching video is great off-season mental training

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Watching videos of yourself and World Cup racers is a powerful tool for strengthening important mental muscles such as confidence, intensity, and focus.

Money in the bank, baby: Start making confidence deposits this summer

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In one of my final post this past season, I exhorted you to buy into the notion that Next Season Starts…NOW! With the start...

Make your mind stronger every time you do conditioning

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If you’re at all committed as a ski racer, with the past winter well behind us, you have begun a rigorous physical conditioning program the goal of which is to have you in the best shape of your life when the new season starts later this year.

Barbara Ann Cochran: The Dos and Don’ts of being a supportive parent

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When it come to parenting, the 1972 Olympic slalom champion's famed pedigree has given her a unique perspective

Mental imagery is your most powerful prep-period mental training

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Mental imagery is the key to success year-round, and something that can easily be practiced at home.

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.

With off-season training, you pay now or pay later

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The off-season is now underway and you are probably hitting the gym and, hopefully, hitting the slopes soon as well some time in the...

Next season starts … NOW!

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Editor's Note: This is an encore presentation of a previously published article that never gets old. The race season is finally over. After a long...

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.

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.

A Ski Racer’s Quarantined Workout – Part 2

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Nothing outside of ski racing itself can emulate the actions and forces one encounters while slicing through slalom gates or flying down a super G course, but we can do ourselves an extraordinary favor and better prepare for these circumstances through effective training methods.

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.

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.

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.

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 training? Hammer...

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.

Are you prepared to Stop the Bleed?

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Originally a response to mass shootings, Stop the Bleed has been embraced by the ski world, where severe cuts from razor-sharp edges have become all too familiar.

Bingaman: Pre-skiing warm-up strategies

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A large majority of our lives are run on habits. The habits we form, whether consciously or unconsciously, will often dictate our long-term outcomes. Reaching for...

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.

In-Season Strength Training – Why, When, What, How?

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Amid the extensive travel, early mornings, long days on the hill, racing, more travel, more training, more racing, physio work, team dinners, holidays at...
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