MEMO TO OLYMPIC ALPINE RACERS: PLEASE READ THEN FIX YOUR BOOTS


TONGUE TIED – https://wp.me/p3vZhu-uw

TONGUE SURGERY – https://wp.me/p3vZhu-w3

CLARIFICATION OF OBSTRUCTION TO FLEXION – https://wp.me/p3vZhu-fF

MOVEMENT OF THE SHANK IN THE SHAFT – https://wp.me/p3vZhu-u3

GETTING SHAFTED BY THE (SKI BOOT) SHAFT – https://wp.me/p3vZhu-tr

9 comments

  1. This is all very interesting and enlightening – learn more every time I read your posts Dave. Thank-you! BTW: What did you make of Ledecka’s technique in the women’s Super G?

    1. At some point I plan to comment on the Olympic performances of alpine racers, including Ledecka. What struck me watching her run was that she seemed to be skiing with a high level of neural-biomechanical function and superior balance to the other racers. A plausible explanation is that as snowboarder she may have been aware of that tightly fit, rigid shell ski boots compromise function especially balance and was in skiing in a boot that was larger and/or buckled looser than would be typical of alpine ski racers.

  2. Yes, it seems to me that even some of the skiers that finished near the top of the results demonstrated some pretty awful technique. Granted, especially the GS was a tough and technical course, but still… many of them just seemed to be surviving, rather than skiing well.

    1. I could not agree more. If you have some students who are looking for some ground breaking projects, I have a few I am working on. One is a dynamic stance assessment procedure that uses a device I designed and fabricated. I have been applying the findings to skiers and racers with amazing results.

    1. My eyes are sore from watching the worst alpine skiing I have ever seen at an Olympic level. Hirscher, Shiffrin and a small number of racers showed the right way. All the rest showed how to misuse and even abuse the human body.

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