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A Giant Slalom lesson with Federica Brignone | FISI Official

November 16, 2019

The GS turn is the standard for all turns but it is by no means It is the first turn you learn to do because it is the most natural one It could be seen as the perfect turn When I manage to do a great turn it’s as if I am going slower, as if I am in complete control of my body where nobody can put me off or effect my skiing It is a concentrated effort of the essence of a turn, a mixture of agility and firmness, the classic way to take on a bend In theory, performing a GS turn should be easy, in your mind you always know what it is, but the reality is far harder Just like any other turn it comes off a previous turn because they are all connected. The start of a new turn is always very tough, this means that the skier needs to try and get his skis into the right positions, into the right line, as quickly as possible and in as few meters as possible… …The external ski, which powers into the turn, is the one that allows you complete the turn in all its other facets I make the most of the entry point by using lots of angles, I don’t throw myself into the turn but I do try to look for the edges straight away From the external force, when you really hit the pinnacle of the turn, you have to try and find everything that can give you speed in the turn. The external ski has to be thrust, pushed, inserted and guided into the racing line in order to build up speed The ski follows its curve, it responds to my initial impulse. From that point on you try and push, pushing it hard, but that is almost wrong because then it responds too much. Really what I try to do is find the edge immediately, let the ski take its natural course and transition well when the turn is complete What happens is that at some point the skier has to come out of the turn, interrupt what we refer to as the ‘momentum of the rotation’ so he has to start to contrast this movement with his upper body and the two go into conflict So the lower body, the feet, continue turning while the upper body is already postioning itself for the following turn It is a little bit like dancing, when you find a good rhythm then it all becomes a lot easier When I ski on an open slope, which I love to do, then I always try to keep my feet on the snow, all the time, and I try to feel how one turn will take me onto the next one, in a fluid motion so that at no stage do I stop doing something When you have gates it is different. Maybe the distance is too great and there some moments where I am not sure exactly what I need to do, or if the distance is too tight then you are forced into turning your feet and you cannot follow the race line you want But my aim is to do what I do on an open slope, keep my feet on the surface and continually get some responses from my skis in the hope that my speed increases as I go down There is no such thing as a perfect turn but everybody creates their own perfect turn. Everyone is fast in different ways, the important thing is to find what is best for you and be as efficient as possible with what you have

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