24.08.2004 - We have
now reached the time of season, that the first two World Cup races have been held in respectively Zagreb (CROATIA) e Cesis (LATVIA), and after having observed
the international scene, it is obvious to see some clear indications of different
adjustments in the basic theory of skating technique. A demonstration that, the rollerski
sport is developing continuously, and is searching for a method which is able to express a
total utilization of its equipment.
There is a theory of the Scandinavian thought which means a full arm swing forward to a high and very closed position nearly like hiding the head, and a kind of jump of the lower limbsbefore landing every ski steep (in the photo, on the left: Grip, Westman e Magnusson Sweden).
Analysing a rollerski sprint race technically; It really pays to follow a total mechanical precision in every motion, faultless and without any mistake from start to finish while the proper glide phase is respected. Every technique is based on some main principles:
Exactly, in this kind
of competition, it is very important to launch right at the starting line and it is really
a personal matter and an individual choice, how to make the first steep. Some athletes are
keeping the same technique through the whole straight, others are using one technique to
acquire speed, and another to increase speed or maintain it.
The last consideration is about rollerski tracks. During our stay at the World Cup in Latvia, we had to face a real exacting track. We were informed, that the training preparations of the nations of Eastern Europe frequently are taken place on these kind of tracks, specially fit for rollerskiing. The tracks are typically located on stadiums of biathlon and they present notable differences in height and have curved ski runs so that the rhythm of skiing is constantly changing.
In Germany (e.g. St. Wendel) and in Austria there are quite a few tracks to choose, but most of the athletes of biathlon are using slow rollerski adapted for training. Italy has also several tracks; the well known Rapy (Valle d'Aosta), the only one, until now, used for federal competitions, the stadium of biathlon of Anterselva (Bolzano), the stadium of biathlon of Forni Avoltri (Udine) and soon the inauguration of the stadium of Val Pesarina (Carnia). Unfortunately, speaking for our part, they are after all not very frequented.
These are the main aspects of which I have been focused my attention the last few months. Now it is up to you to throw light on others and to add some good advise so that we will continue improving.
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Translated from Italian into English
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