Participation: Ski 4-5 days a week, and 130-150 days a year. At least 10% free skiing. Competition period: November-April. Number of race starts: Up to 55 if racing all disciplines, with a ratio of 1:3 racing: training.
Conditioning Emphasis: 4-5 conditioning or recovery sessions per week. Eccentric strength, power & explosivity. Aerobic training especially efficiency and recovery work. Core strength. Produce force in skiing specific positions.
Technical and Tactical Emphasis: Mastery or innovation stage. Event specific technical and tactical mastery. Mastery of technical and tactical skills based on the individual's style. Optimizes line for ability level and conditions in race situations. Applies equipment innovations.
Equipment Selection and Preparation: Adheres to USSA rules for all equipment selection.
Skis: Race and training skis for all disciplines. Professional support or consultation is recommended for preparation.
Boots: Discipline-specific boots may be necessary to maximize performance.
Protection: Head, arm, hand, shoulder, back teeth and shin protection recommended based on event.
Poles: GS - standard length. SL- pole guard for blocking and protection, pole may be slightly shorter. Custom pole sizing and contouring for individuals.
Performance Psychology Emphasis: Specialization and mastery. Refine performance psychology skills: imagery, goal achievement, performance planning, attention and focus, self regulatory talk and confidence. Identify optimal performance state. Dealing with competition, risk, failure, and fear. Parents continue to support the commitment of the athlete in the sport.
Competition Emphasis: Regional FIS Series, FIS U, NorAm and European FIS races. Olympics, World Cup, World Ski Championships, World Junior Championships, Europa Cup.
Training age: Minimum of 10 years in the sport.
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