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12 04, 2017

Points aren’t the Only Criterion of a Successful Season

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

With the season now over (well, almost in some parts of the world), it is, for every racer, a time of reckoning in which you look back and evaluate what kind of season you had: one to be proud of or one to reflect back on with disappointment and perhaps regret. One of the primary [...]

21 03, 2017

Finish Your Race Season Strong

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |1 Comment

It’s hard to believe, but there is only about a month of the race season left. After many days of training and racing this winter, the end is in sight. Note: Beginning with this article and through the early part of the summer, I will be posting a series of encore publications of “evergreen” articles [...]

9 03, 2017

What Do Pink Elephants and Blue Hippos Have to Do with Ski Racing?

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I’m going to make a request of you: Don’t think about a pink elephant. What did you do? Well, you thought about a pink elephant, of course. Now I’m going to make a demand: DO NOT THINK ABOUT A PINK ELEPHANT, DO NOT THINK ABOUT A PINK ELEPHANT, DO NOT THINK ABOUT A PINK ELEPHANT!! [...]

28 02, 2017

How to Ski Fast When it REALLY Counts

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Photo credit: www.123rf.com It’s that time of the race season when results REALLY start to matter. For many racers in the U.S., the REALLY important races of the year—States, Regionals and Nationals—are coming up and it’s REALLY important that you ski fast. Yet, this is also the time of year when many racers aren’t [...]

14 02, 2017

What Young Ski Racers Need and Don’t Need

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I come to this article from two directions. First, as a sport psychologist who has worked ski racers and their parents for decades. There is no doubt that my experiences in helping racers to achieve their goals and assisting parents in best supporting their children has informed my ideas here. At the same time, perhaps [...]

31 01, 2017

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Race Day

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

The race season is now in full swing with qualifying races underway for regional and national championship series. In other words, the season is getting real and the races are starting to really matter! So, this is the time when you want to ski consistently fast. Yet, this is also a time when you may [...]

19 01, 2017

Don’t Let Outside Forces Influence Your Ski Racing Confidence

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I’m working with a World Cup downhiller (not named Lindsey Vonn and not an American) who is coming back to racing this season after a series of injuries. As you can imagine, it’s a real challenge for her to get her “mojo” back and regain her feel and comfort on the fastest downhill tracks in [...]

4 01, 2017

Is Live-Timing Good for Parents (and Racers)?

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

This article is my third and final in a series on the role of technology in ski racing (here’s #1 and #2). Today, I will focus on one particular recent technology that is changing the way we follow races. I’m talking about Live-Timing, that now “essential” tool for the ski racing world to track race [...]

7 12, 2016

How Media Use Hurts Ski Racers

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to ski racers when they’re training including leaning on their poles shortly before a training run (no intensity), chatting it up with teammates when they’re in the starting gate of a training course (no focus), and half-hearted effort to the first gate (easing into the [...]

28 11, 2016

Are Timed Runs in Training Good for Ski Racers?

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Technology is playing an increasingly more important role in the lives of ski racers both on and off the hill. This influence is, no doubt, both helpful and detrimental to their athletic, personal, family, and social lives. This article is the first in a three-part series exploring how technology impacts racers, coaches, and parents, and [...]

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