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  • Hop Turns | USSA - Foundation
    upper level rotary skills Slope Intermediate groomed terrain Description Start from a traverse stance Skis are pivoted in alternating directions while jumping off both skis for a total of 15 jumps Skis are pivoted with simultaneous leg rotation Jump in opposite direction immediately upon landing Track left in snow resembles a series of Z s with the tip of the previous track almost coinciding with the tail of the next track Exercise concludes with an edge set of both skis across the fall line Criteria for Perfect Execution Skis are always parallel to snow surface in the air no tips or tail up Equal distance is maintained between skis Skis land on edge and take off from same position Consistent rhythm and speed with no pausing or stopping DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Hop Turns Demonstration View the proper execution of hop turns Break it Down with COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/rotary/hop-turns (2016-04-30)
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  • Side Slip with Edge Set | USSA - Foundation
    six vertical meters in an unmarked ski width corridor The skier concludes with an edge set that is timed with the pole touch and holds stopped position for three seconds The test is performed with a stop in each direction Criteria for Perfect Execution Direction of travel does not deviate from fall line Hip width stance in all phases of the drill Skis are pivoted simultaneously Skier remains in a ski width corridor Pole touch coincides with edge set Kid Friendly Instructions for Young Athletes Ski straight down the hill to get up to speed Then quickly pivot your skis to turn them across the hill turning both feet sideways at the same time Continue slipping sideways straight down the hill Stop by setting your edges and planting your downhill pole Hold still for 3 seconds Keep your skis hip width apart the whole time Then do the same drill turning your skis in the other direction DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Coaching Points The two most critical components with this drill are that the skier moves into the sideslip without a step and that the skier stays directly in the fall line Coach can help athletes stay in the fall line by putting a dye line straight down the fall line or by dragging their poles along the snow making a line down the fall line that the athletes try to keep their feet over at all times during the exercise Inclusion of the pole plant at the end of the drill is an important reinforcement of proper pole plant mechanics at this phase This can be further emphasized as an exercise by moving from the edge set with pole plant straight into the drill going to the other side Straight Run to Side

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/rotary/side-slip-with-edge-set (2016-04-30)
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  • Hockey Stop | USSA - Foundation
    corridor that is 9 meters long in the fall line A finish 9 meters in width is placed 9 meters after the last set of Whiskers such that it is centered with the previous corridor Description Skier starts at the first Whiskers in a straight run down the fall line Skis remain hip width After the 9 meter straight run both skis are pivoted Skier comes to a complete stop in the 9 meter by 9 meter zone The task is performed in each direction Criteria for perfect execution Skier goes straight down the fall line in the 3 meter by 9 meter corridor Skis are hip width and parallel in all phases of the drill Skier stops within the 9 meter by 9 meter zone Kid Friendly Start Instructions Ski straight through the first section Then quickly pivot your skis to turn them across the hill turning both feet sideways at the same time Stop by setting your edges Keep your skis hip width apart the whole time Then do the same drill turning your skis in the other direction DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Scoring Based on the description and criteria for perfect execution above the skier will be judged on a scale from 0 to 10 where 10 is perfect demonstration of the skill and task and 0 is the inability to demonstrate the skill and task Base the total score on the average of the left and right trials Alpine Coaching Tips Watch Martin Guyer talk about how SkillsQuest is a great way to build strong alpine fundamentals Break it Down on COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/rotary/hockey-stop (2016-04-30)
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  • Freeski Moguls in a V | USSA - Foundation
    a series of 10 to 15 turns concluding with turns that fit an individual mogul Primary Skill Balance perception anticipation Justification Turn size and shape need to be able to be dictated by the skier Gradual changes in turn size demonstrate the skier has fine motor control with regards to body mechanics Perception and anticipation of where to place and describe the turn without gates suggests that the skier has control and can initiate and conduct the intended turn Slope Expert terrain with moguls Set up A start and finish are defined only Description The drill is 10 15 turns in duration Starting with a long radius turn 20 24m the turns gradually decrease in radius Final turn radius matches a mogul sized turn Criteria for Perfect Execution Balance is maintained in all three planes Turns are linked without traverse Turns gradually become smaller No abrupt changes in turn size or shape Turns are symmetric from left to right Turns that are consistent and round while carrying a high rate of speed DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Freeskiing Moguls in a V Shaped Corridor Video demonstration of the freeskiing moguls in a V shaped corridor exercise Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My USSA Become a Member Membership Ready to become a member of USSA Whether you re an athlete who

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/balance/freeski-moguls-in-a-v (2016-04-30)
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  • Freeski Varied Terrain | USSA - Foundation
    variable slope angle and side hills on non groomed snow Description Skier skis the conditions presented making 10 turns while maintaining a consistent 20 to 22 meter turn size and shape regardless of the terrain and conditions Link turns with minimal traversing maintaining speed with turn shape Any air time is controlled with skis paralleling the angle of the slope Criteria for Perfect Execution Turns are round with consistent turn size Minimal traversing Skis are parallel and equidistant Any air time is controlled and landed with the skis paralleling the angle of the landing slope Skier skis with a high rate of speed DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 2 14 14 Freeskiing in Varied Terrain and Snow Conditions Demonstration View a freeskiing drill in varied terrain and snow conditions Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/balance/freeski-varied-terrain (2016-04-30)
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  • Freeski Hourglass | USSA - Foundation
    place and describe the arc without gates suggests that the skier has control and can initiate and conduct the intended turn Slope Intermediate groomed terrain Set up Define the start and finish Place two brushes half way down 5 meters apart across the hill Description The drill is 10 15 turns in duration Starting with GS sized turns gradually decrease the turn radius until a slalom size turn is achieved at the half way point while skiing between the two brushes At half way the turns will become gradually larger until the GS sized turn at drill conclusion Criteria for Perfect Execution Balance is maintained in all three planes Carved round turns are linked without traverse Turns gradually become smaller then larger without abrupt changes in turn size or shape Relatively consistent speed is maintained throughout Hour glass is symmetric from left to right Hour glass is symmetric from top to bottom Kid Friendly Start Instructions The drill is 10 15 turns Start with GS size turns and slowly make the turns smaller until they are SL size through the brushes half way down the hill Then make the turns bigger until you are skiing GS size turns at the finish Stay in balance throughout Turns are round linked and carved as much as possible Speed is close to the same for all of the turns The pattern of turns is even from top to bottom and left to right DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Freeski Hourglass Demonstration View the proper execution of the freeski hourglass drill Break it Down with COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/balance/freeski-hourglass (2016-04-30)
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  • Freeski Parallel Skis | USSA - Foundation
    Description The skier skis eight medium radius round turns with speed Skis are parallel throughout the maneuver Criteria for perfect execution Balance is maintained in all three planes Linked round turns maintaining speed The skis are tipped up on edge to turn such that they are carving The skier is outside ski dominant Leg rotation is independent of the upper body Kid Friendly Start Instructions Ski eight carved round medium turns Ski with speed and good balance DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Scoring Based on the description and criteria for perfect execution above the skier will be judged on a scale from 0 to 10 where 10 is perfect demonstration Alpine Coaching Tips Watch Martin Guyer talk about how SkillsQuest is a great way to build strong alpine fundamentals Break it Down on COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My USSA Become a Member Membership Ready to become a member

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/balance/freeski-parallel-skis (2016-04-30)
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  • Lindsey Vonn | USSA - Foundation
    one of the few world class four event ski racers She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles Six weeks after she turned 20 Vonn then Kildow produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise Alberta She has since captured an all time win record on the women s side with 76 World Cup wins In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze she holds five World Championship medals including double gold in 2009 In her comeback year for the 2014 15 season Vonn really charged and proved to everyone that she is back and better than ever leading the way in the first ever historic U S podium sweep in Lake Louise and snagging the all time World Cup wins record of 63 wins and extending that total to 67 by season s end along with grabbing super G and downhill titles third overall and 19 total World Cup titles the record among females and matching Ingemar Stenmark s record In August of 2015 during her first full injury free prep period in years Vonn suffered another setback in Coronet Peak training fracturing her left ankle She came back with a vengeance though taking a clean podium sweep of Lake Lousise and then continuing to break records like grabbing her 36th downhill win in a two run sprint downhill in Zauchensee to tie Annemarie Moser Proell s record In La Thuile Vonn grabbed second in the downhill clinching her eighth World Cup downhill title and becoming the the first skier in history to have won 20 crystal globes surpassing Stenmark s 19 Leading in the overall standings Vonn crashed in Soldeu El Tarter Andorra s super G sustaining a left tibial plateau fracture and going down on a sled following the crash The next day in what seemed to be a superhero like feat Vonn decided to ski the alpine combined She did what no one expected she could have done and won the super G portion of the combined and ended up 13th after slalom forcing a three way tie for the combined globe with one event to go With three weekends of racing remaining in the season Vonn won nine races and was currently leading the World Cup overall by a slim margin and super G standings and in a three way tie for the alpine combined lead She wisely called it a season so she could set her sights on the healing process and prepare for a couple of big years to come Vonn is expected to return for the 2016 17 season which will feature a Thanksgiving weekend World Cup in Killington VT as well as the World Championships in St Moritz and the World Cup Finals in Aspen CO FIRST TRACKS Growing up in the Twin Cities area in Burnsville Vonn was on skis at two before moving into Erich Sailer s

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/athletes/lindsey-vonn (2016-04-30)
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