How does an athlete find the fastest line, the perfect swing and the optimal material setup in order to be able to give 100% as a ski racer and therefore achieve best performances? Nowadays, the tuning of ski boots, plate, binding and skis contributes enormously to the results. Athletes, trainers and service personnel must conduct material tests in intensive training phases – before the next skiing season starts – in order to be optimally prepared for the World Cup tour.
Core themes of the episodes are the necessary demands placed on the material, the perfect interaction of components... but also what does the athlete contribute through his physiognomy, his physical fitness, his skiing technique, his mental performance and his experiences? There is no secret recipe – what works for one racer does not necessarily apply to the others.
But one thing is clear: nobody that wants to get involved with the world elite manages without intensive preparation and training, or as Aksel Lund Svindal puts it: “You win races in the summer.”
Alpine ski racing entails competing at the limit, in which everything has to work – not just the athlete. Technique and the human environment contribute significantly to this. The complete package matters.
The perfect turn is no short-term matter. It takes years to eventually become a winning racer.