gator1 Posted May 12, 2014 Share Posted May 12, 2014 I compared video of Nate, Regina, CP, TW, and Dave Miller. I searched for common moves amongst these 6, and for moves that were not common and were therefore individual characteristics of the skier. My thesis was that only the common moves are dictated by physics, mechanics and hydrodynamics. I tried to be objective, but of course my search was contaminated by 40 years of chasing buoys, and all that I have heard, read, seen, been told, calculated, measured and experienced. The availability of quality video on the studs and studettes enables this type of analysis, which, before utoob and BOS, was pretty much impossible. Dave Miller was the most important test subject as his skiing deviates from the accepted ideal in many ways, and yet his performance is world class. Therefore, what is NOT common between his skiing form and the other 5 subjects is also probably NOT a critical variable. Yes, Dave is an uncommonly gifted athlete, but then so are the others. After finding 8 common moves, and denoting them as critical variables, I ranked the 6 subjects on their implementation of each of the critical variables and averaged the score. Regina ranked first, Nate a close second. Kind of a surprise there. I then combined Nate and Regina's ranked variables to determine a descending order of importance. For example, Nate has a "10" on angular momentum conservation, while Regina has a "10" on turn radius optimization. But neither of those two variables ended up on top when their two lists were combined. So I had a list of the 8 variables in descending order of importance. Then, I analyzed (I love the fact that the word starts with "anal") vids of my skiing, and my bud's. My findings were as follows: we suck. But in different ways. We all get into 38 and beyond, but, as compared to the 8 variables, we suck. So, depending on our IQ and multi-tasking abilities, we are each attempting to improve our critical variable(s), starting with the variable that has our highest combined deviation from ideal and rank. I am able to concentrate on exactly 0.7635 variables at a time, putting me dead last in our group. But, even with that, this has so far been a very exciting spring. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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