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JTBear
02-27-2008, 01:40 AM
Hey Jimmy:

Welcome to the NASTAR Forum and thanks for taking time to answer some questions.

First congrats on your season so far. Four Top 10's, 3 top 20's and a top 30 finishes in SL & GS. That has to feel great!! http://www.crossedflags.com/modules/Forums/images/smiles/cheers.gif

Cochran, Jimmy - USA (http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/613.html?sector=AL&listid=&competitorid=10612&type=result)

Cochran 8th in SL, Leads U.S. Again (http://www.usskiteam.com/public/news.php?dId=2&aId=3282)


So tell us:

How many pairs of skis do you prep for each race?
Do you vary the length of your skis (SL or GS) dependent on the hill and course set, or typically stay with the same ski length, regardless of the situation?
Since we are all GS racers on NASTAR courses, what are the 2 or 3 keys you can give us for race day preparation. (Pre-race)
How about 2-3 tips as we step into the start?

Thanks again for your time. I hope to get up to Sugarloaf and watch the US Nationals.

JTBear

JimmyCochran
02-27-2008, 02:15 AM
Hey Jimmy:

Welcome to the NASTAR Forum and thanks for taking time to answer some questions.

First congrats on your season so far. Four Top 10's, 3 top 20's and a top 30 finishes in SL & GS. That has to feel great!! Cochran, Jimmy - USA (http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/613.html?sector=AL&listid=&competitorid=10612&type=result) http://www.crossedflags.com/modules/Forums/images/smiles/cheers.gif

So tell us:

How many pairs of skis do you prep for each race?
Do you vary the length of your skis (SL or GS) dependent on the hill and course set, or typically stay with the same ski length, regardless of the situation?
Since we are all GS racers on NASTAR courses, what are the 2 or 3 keys you can give us for race day preparation. (Pre-race)
How about 2-3 tips as we step into the start?

Thanks again for your time. I hope to get up to Sugarloaf and watch the US Nationals.

JTBear[/b]

I don't prep any skis for each race! My tech does that for me. I know, I know, I'm spoiled rotten! Bernie (my tech... works for volkl) will prepare three pairs of skis for a race day. One pair to race on, one pair to warm up on and one back up. Throughout the course of a season I will use probably 12 pairs of SL skis and about 8 pairs of GS. I try to keep race skis as long as possible but they inevitably break or wear out. The more you ski on skis the more polished the bases get, and thus they get faster. Sometimes my race skis will look pretty haggard despite being the fastest pair in the quiver. Interesting fact: Bode uses about between 50 and 60 pairs of just SL skis each year. He's picky.
There's no variation in ski length (or construction, etc) from week to week and hill to hill. Sometimes Bernie will tune the skis differently depending on how icy or grippy the snow is but that's about the only change. However there is a constant influx of new models that I am always trying. Sometimes the factory will have ideas that they want us to try, and sometimes I'll try new skis that are the product of my own ideas (some ideas have been good and some... well, not).
Race day prep. Shiny, polished bases are fast bases. This is true for shiny, polished edges too. The best way to have fast bases is to wax, scrape, than expend a crazy amount of effort brushing with a nylon brush. Brush in quick back and forth strokes (about 10 inches long) going up and down the ski. The base should get really shiny and have just a film of wax left. To get the edges fast you have to polish them with a diamond stone. Use the same logic as with the bases. Back and forth, ten inches, lot's of elbow grease. Don't cut yourself. Do the edges before you wax. Once your actually out on the hill, take some fast free runs. Just to get comfortable with some speed. At the start make sure you're warmed up. Swing your legs, jump around, maybe do some shadow boxing. When it's finally time to race, I like to just pick one little thing to focus on. Perhaps skating really hard out of the start, or keeping my hands up all the way down the course. Something simple. Oh yeah, most important of all: Have fun!