one could be less harsh, but such was not the case. A number of council members did
in fact raise the issues of inclusion and transparency in their November meeting, which
was a positive step. Unfortunately, they did not have the gumption to put a hold on the
decision and review the entire project and its findings, choosing instead to turn the
clock back. Hopefully the council will put pressure on management to thoroughly think
through the consequences for junior racing, and will actually involve all constituencies,
including female racers. In today’s digital world, transparency is easy. Meetings can
be open on the Internet, with meeting minutes distributed almost instantly along with
statistics, findings and videos. It would be unconscionable to exclude concerned constituencies when youth and the future of the sport are on the line.
Ski Racing editors bring you the season’s alpine review in a packed issue with all kinds of great features and stories. For families deciding on
ski academies, we have our annual round-up (pages 46 to 58) of what
each school, from coast to coast, has to offer young athletes. Remember that each digital issue is available in the Ski Racing archive. You can
search by feature or by individual racer.
Marco Sullivan is back with his yard-wide grin and tells freelancer Dana
Turvey he is strong and ready to go fast (page 40). The speedster from
Lake Tahoe is a welcome returnee to the men’s downhill squad. Tim
Reynolds interviews another speedster — Kikkan Randall, the team’s
top sprinter, who is coming off a breakthrough season. An enthusiastic
supporter of Fast and Female, Randall will be a factor again on the tour
this season (page 64).
Why do World Cup coaches spend 300 days on the road? Read Bryce
Hubner’s interviews with three of the road warriors (page 42). Hank McKee journeyed to Sport Thoma’s race room (page 66). Eric Williams examines some new speed suits and Dave Peszek has assembled a list of
essential tools for keeping your skis tuned all season.
Don’t forget to download both the Ski Racing iPad app and the iPhone
app. The iPad app brings you the entire publication, plays the videos and
makes pictures snap. The iPhone keeps you up to the minute with results, standings,
news and live timing. They are both free, so grab them.
Racing starts right after Thanksgiving with men’s speed in Lake Louise and women’s
tech in Aspen. Enjoy the bird, and then follow the various World Cups along with Ski
Racing’s team. It is about to be curtains up in North America. — G.B. Jr.
November brings the North American swing of what could be the last modern
season for alpine ski racing. With the FIS council failing to challenge the flawed research on which the international governing body is basing its decision to require ski
radiuses dating back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, next year’s alpine World Cup will
no longer be the innovative and technical leader of alpine ski sport. That will fall to
athletes in other alpine arenas, who still have the advantage of using state-of-the-art
ski design technology — at least for now!
The FIS and its council have failed alpine competition with this decision. While it’s
easy to stand behind the contention that one can not go against science, when scien-
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tists refuse to use benchmarks — there was no comparison done with accidents before
shaped skis — and fail to include women (coaches, officials or athletes) as a major
constituency, one has to conclude that the scientific methods used were more than
flawed. It was bogus, set up to prove a preconceived conclusion.
Had the FIS worked to include all relevant parties in an open and transparent manner,
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