One of the issues I struggle with is how to learn cutting-edge technique. We don't have national level coaches in southeastern Michigan and I bet you don't live near one either. And although your training buddy may ski better than you do, he or she may not know the latest thing.
I've seen numerous technique videos, but technique changes fast enough that the great videos released even a few years ago are now out of date.
Fortunately, there are free sources on the web that you can leverage to view modern racing technique.
Janne G. has a web site devoted to web-based videos of nordic skiing, including complete coverage of the 2002 Olympic nordic and biathlon races, plus many 2002 World Cup events. You can download AVI or MPEG files that cover entire races - start to finish.
Can you say "Broadband"?
These files are BIG. For example, the Olympic 50K Men's Classic is a set of seven AVI files that range in size from 25 MBs to 58 MBs. Downloading the full set of Olympic races is nearly 2.5 Gigabytes! If you don't have broadband (DSL or cable modem), you're really going to suffer when you start downloading...
If you connect to the Internet via modem, Janne also has a set of smaller files (2-16 MBs each) that contain specific technique clips from the 2000-2001 season. These will be faster to download, but are a year older.
So give me the links!
Here's the main page and quick links to some of the sub-pages with all the interesting stuff:
(You may have to scroll down to the bottom of a page to find the actual links to the video files.)
Janne also supports ftp. Those who are more technical could set up a script to download the files automatically.
Viewing the files: Technical discussion
You'll need Microsoft Windows Media Player or the RealOne Player (http://www.real.com or try this link: Download the Free RealOne Player Only) to view these files.
I had two problems:
So if you have problems, try either of these two tips.
|Sample Video Clips
Here's a small collection of AVI clips I cut from the original files, with a few things I noticed.
Stefania Belmondo climbing a hill using V1 during the 2002 Olympic Women's 15K Skate:
Muehlegg using V2 during the 2002 Olympic Men's 30K Skate.
Scott finishing in 3rd, 2nd, or 1st place (depending on how the doping scandal
eventually ends) during the 2002 Olympic Women's. pursuit.