Evolution of WC racer technique, and PMTS.

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Evolution of WC racer technique, and PMTS.

Postby blackthorn » Wed May 30, 2018 8:48 pm

The ACBAES books were first published in 2004. So, from then until now what do people see in the evolution of WC racing technique, and also of PMTS.
From my very limited understanding, for WC racing, I don't see a great deal. I see mainly refinement - skis, boots, athleticism etc. but ?same fundamentals.
In PMTS the emphasis on "holding the counter" does seem to be an evolution from the original. Also the SuperPhantom. What others are there?
I am thinking more about general PMTS skiing, not so much PMTS drills which have obviously evolved over the years, similarly PMTS teaching method.
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Re: Evolution of WC racer technique, and PMTS.

Postby h.harb » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:32 pm

Book 1 ACBAES was published in 1997. If the US Ski Team had used it for development at that time, the US would be 20 years ahead of where they are now. Marcel Hirscher is the perfect example of PMTS at the highest level. Reilly McGlashin is one of the best PMTS freeskiers. Reily learned it through coaching and studying, reading. Hirscher is a natural, which only goes to prove how natural PMTS is for getting to the top of the sport. PSIA and USSA will never bring you to the top of the sport because they aren't at the top of the sport.


I could not add or write everything I knew or coached in my years with racers in my first book. It would have been too overwhelming. So what has evolved with PMTS isn't so new for me; it's just what the other teaching and coaching systems didn't know about skiing. I let that information out over the years as needed. Max501 can attest to this, he took many lessons to evolve his skiing and he isn't don't anything much different from what he learned 15 years ago. He is just doing everything better as are many here on the forum are, like Jbotti, Greg and Geoffda.

Here are some of the most obvious movement differences between PMTS and other systems.

1. CB
2. CA
3. Hold CA in transition, (slightly newer)
4. inside foot pull back
5. inside leg, flexing, and tipping. I was the first to introduce this for shaped ski skiing and racing, many have copied it. Many have not!
6. Transitions without standing or moving the hips forward. The USSA, US Ski Team and PSIA coaches and instructors, still don't get this or understand it.
7. The "Michael Von GrĂ¼nigen" turn, only the Austrians use this on purpose.
8. Early angles, not early pressure. Still not understood today.
9. flexing to release, collapsing the outside leg
10. Lift the tip at the point of release, this is more advanced, has come to be part of the system in the last 3 seasons.
11. The No Swing pole tap. In the last 7 seasons.

To name just a few.

So you see without adding anything new to PMTS; we are still 20 years ahead of the rest. There are pockets of Austrian coaching that are using the right movements, but it's only in race coaching by the best.
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Re: Evolution of WC racer technique, and PMTS.

Postby blackthorn » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:37 pm

Thankyou HH !!

This is the response I had really hoped for. WorldCup racing and PMTS skiing in a nutshell - as true today as it was many years ago. The books, and the drills are just the beginning. Then there are the threads on this forum and info on the HH blog.
I remain convinced, and use my PMTS lens for all things skiing.
Thankyou again.

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Re: Evolution of WC racer technique, and PMTS.

Postby h.harb » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:15 pm

Pleased to help!
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