I watched On Giant Slalom: Ted Ligety – Video – NYTimes.com – http://www.nytimes.com/video/sports/olympics/100000002705225/on-giant-slalom-ted-ligety.html
It was really great watching and listening to you explain your technique. But I have a few comments. Right after the comparison of you and Bode Miller there is an excellent graphic that shows how you begin to stand on your new uphill ski while it is still on its uphill edge. At -01.35 in the video you say, “I go from the apex. I’m pushing as hard as I can (on the left ski)”. Ahhh, I don’t think so Ted. Unless I am missing something, you were extending on your right leg long before the graphic appeared on your left boot. So how could you be pushing? Before that, your left leg was extended with the muscles in eccentric contraction. That means you were resisting, not pushing. In the next frames you describe how you step on the new (right) ski while it is still on the edge it was currently on in that turn (ergo its uphill edge). Wow! Now I am getting excited. Dam straight Ted! You go on to talk about how your ski rolls from the uphill edge to the downhill edge and how you are getting on the new ski before you actually switch. I don’t think this is quite right Ted. You are in a transition phase from the old turn to the new turn. And just when I thought you and the New York Times had it figured out a graphic popped up showing pressure in the centre of the foot. Darn! Ted, how can a ski be driven into a turn when the force (OK, pressure) applied by your foot is on the outside aspect of the inside edge of a turn? It can’t. I fixed the graphic and posted it below.
Thanks Ted, Now go win some gold. In the meantime, I’ll fill in the blanks, connect the dots and get back to you. Good Luck!
PS: I think it’s great that the NY Times says you are the only one who skis this way. I guess they haven’t heard of Mikaela Shiffrin. I’d appreciate it if you could tell them about her. She is destined to be the next World Cup superstar. Thanks.