From his debut in World Cup competition in 1973, Swedish racer, Ingemar Stenmark, won far more international races than any other alpine skier in history; 86 wins (46 giant slaloms and 40 slaloms). He dominated World Cup GS and slalom for 10 years, often by such wide margins that he ended up competing with himself. It was obvious, or at least it should have been obvious, that Stenmark was skiing a far more effective technique than that of his competition. Yet, even the best coaches in the world either seemed to be unable to figure out what Stenmark was doing or disinterested in figuring it out. When the video clip of Stenmark (below) is compared to the clip of Bridget Currier (EXTENSION/PENDULUM EFFECTS – THE MOVIE), Stenmark’s technique should be obvious.
“A man (or coach) should look for what is, and not what he thinks it should be.” – Albert Einstein