After sitting out the super G and the slalom portion of the combined events earlier this week, Lindsey Vonn came back strong today to win a silver medal on the challenging Kandahar downhill course. Vonn, who suffered a concussion earlier this week, was the 20th skier to start today’s race and came within .44 seconds of the winner, Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl, who skied 16th. Vonn knocked her close friend and hometown favorite Maria Riesch, who raced immediately after Goergl, into third place. Goergl held onto the lead, making this her second gold of this World Championships.
You don’t have to rip to heliski. In fact, for intermediates and up who struggle with powder, the untracked wilds are the best place to learn.
If you're an intermediate...
1. Weight both feet equally: On hardpack, you stand mostly on your downhill ski, which gives you the power you need to carve a turn. In powder, however, a weighted ski will dive down and knock you off-balance. So distribute your weight on both skis and steer, rather than carve, through the fluff.
With the jagged Italian Dolomites as a spectacular backdrop, Ligety carved his way to a third successive World Cup giant slalom victory this past Sunday in the land of pasta, passion and Pavarotti.
Ligety’s image was strewn across more newspapers, televisions and websites from Alta Badia – site of Sunday’s race – to neighboring Val Gardena, which hosted speed races in the days prior, than embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
This week (and next) is shaping up in perfect La Nina fashion. Here's how to understand the storm patterns.
There is a massive gap in meteorology for skiers and snowboarders who like snow.
On one side of the chasm are the long-range predictions about which mountains will see the most snow this winter. We covered this season’s snowfall forecast here, and it’s all about La Nina.
On the other side is the tracking of individual storms and hearing about snowfall forecasts of 4-8” tonight, or if you’re lucky maybe something more like 10-18”. Insert any “that’s what she said” joke here.
The final step in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's work out plan will increase your explosiveness.
Now that you're six weeks into Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's pre-season workout plan you should be feeling strong fit, and ready to ski. The last step in the program is overhead medicine ball throws, which Ted and the rest of the team call the "man or mouse" drill.
Not every skier is a pre-teen jibster with joints like Gumby. If you’re more towards middle age than 20-something, check out some tips to help you stay strong on the slopes from Dr. Tom Vangsness, skier and Chief of Sports Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California.
What can older skiers do to make sure that they don’t injure themselves skiing? First, skiing is a sport that demands physical fitness and joint flexibility. If you’re sedentary and don’t exercise, then don’t expect to simply walk out of your office and onto the slopes, at least not without dramatically increasing your risk to injury. To ski safely—and I would add enjoyably—the body must be in shape.
Feeling strong yet? The fifth move in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's training program is back extension holds, which keep you strong and stable.
Ski season is getting closer, so at this point you should be working to up your endurance. This week's exercise, back extension holds work your lower back, hamstrings, and glutes. Alex Moore, Strength and Condition Coach for the Ski Teams says that this exercise builds endurance in the muscles of the posterior chain, which have such a vital stabilizing role in skiing. That means you'll be able to ski longer, harder and more smoothly. Moore says to try to hold them for 60-90 seconds, and, if you're really looking for a challenge, you can hold a weight.
We're more than halfway through Ted's training program. This week he's focusing on glute-hamstring raises, which work the whole back of your leg.
The fourth step in Ted Ligety's training programs is glute-hamstring raises. Alex Moore, his coach says this challenging move builds strength in the entire chain of muscles that run down the backs of your leg. It's particularly good for the hamstrings, which help prevent ACL injuries. If the exercise is too hard at first try hamstring curls, and if you're really strong, try them with weight.