We’ve done some searching and have uncovered strong evidence for the FIS decision to increase the radius of GS skis, thus leading to a predominance of stivoting in GS.
It seems the wags at FIS have been spending a lot of time watching extreme TV and playing video games, specifically car drifting videos. We’ve learned the powers-that-be determined it would be more exciting for the sport to follow the lead of the drifting community.
Hence, regulations to promote “drifting” in ski racing.
Don’t believe it?
Here’s the definition of “drifting” according to Wikipedia:
“Drifting is refers to a driving technique and to a motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. … Drift challenges drivers to navigate a course in a sustained sideslip by exploiting coupled nonlinearities in the tire force response.”
Seems the FIS leaders liked the concept.
Now, watch this video.
Beginning to see?
Still not convinced?
Check out this video of ski stivoting, and make sure to read the definition at the beginning.
Now you know.
P.S. The above is a total fabrication and not meant to point fingers or make fun of anyone.
P.P.S The above is a total fabrication and IS meant to point fingers and make fun.