Monday, September 21, 2020

Letter: Keep the upbeat news coming!

Thank you Ski Racing Media for sharing Todd Firestone’s letter: Why the Pandemic Could Spur Needed Reform for the North American Ski...

Taylor: What prevents mental training from being a key part of...

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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...

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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...

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: Are ski domes the answer?

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Where are the Europeans training this summer? Check out the article on FIS Alpine about how the Germans, French, Petra, etc. are...

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.

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.

Letter: Ski Racing in America is expensive

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"My family lived in Switzerland for a year where my son skied on a regional U14 team. ... Since we are not Swiss it was explained to us that we would have to pay a rather expensive fee - the charge for the full year was $600."

Letter: Being good at everything

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"It's Not About Tech VS Speed" got my attention and made me compare what I was reading to my own experience as...

Taylor: Mental preparation is a missing piece of the ski racing...

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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.

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.

Letter: Ski Racing in America is expensive

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"My family lived in Switzerland for a year where my son skied on a regional U14 team. ... Since we are not Swiss it was explained to us that we would have to pay a rather expensive fee - the charge for the full year was $600."

Letter: Being good at everything

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"It's Not About Tech VS Speed" got my attention and made me compare what I was reading to my own experience as...

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.

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.

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.

Radamus: Let’s face it, skiing is expensive

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In his second contribution to our ongoing development series, longtime coach Aldo Radamus takes on the elephant in the room: cost.

Feehan: You can’t simply copy-paste the Norwegian sport model

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Former SRM Editor-in-Chief C.J. Feehan shares some insight from her experience living and coaching in Norway — a nation whose sport model is regarded as one of the best in the world and won’t easily be replicated.

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.

Letter: Talent isn’t everything

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In Mr. Leever’s essay, Exploring North American development — what are we missing?, he points out that North American junior racers are...

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.

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.

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?

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...

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.

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