Here’s a highly edited video clip of Ligety that I created to show how Ted uses Roll Over.
The technique of the world’s best skier has always been about torsion, not simple leverage.
Watch carefully how Ligety starts to apply rotation to his uphill as soon as he starts the transition phase. As Ted crosses the fall line, his inclination reaches a point where the inside edge locks up with the snow and the shovel engages creating what I call a ‘comma hook’ that redirects his line while loading his outside ski like a springboard. The actual ‘loaded turn phase’ is a mere fraction of second after which Ligety is into the transition phase, off the edge of his old outside ski and accelerating forward towards the next gate. Anyone who thinks they can beat Ted or any racer using this technique with a pure carved turn needs to see a really good therapist.
Ligety’s use of Roll Over and torsion explains how he can reach extreme edge angles on his outside ski.