La importancia del skiman | Víctor González | Samsung Paralympic Blogger

La importancia del skiman | Víctor González | Samsung Paralympic Blogger


Eh…Hi! Hello to everyone. It’s half past two here, local time in Korea and we’re going to start with the second official trainings. Today the snow is very transformed, it has some specific conditions and that’s why today we’re going to talk about someone very important, which is our skiman. Our skiman is the alchemist in charge of, with his potions, making this boards slide more than those of the opponents. This is so important that, sometimes, it can get you more or less seconds. A few seconds that at a sporting level could cost us, perhaps, six or seven months worth of work, an investment of money, of many trips and of a lot of material. Therefore, the importance of the skiman is fundamental and later we’re going to meet Gabi. [Knocking on the door] What? Bye, I’m leaving. Bye. [Laughs] [Knocking on the door] Come in! How are you, Gabi? Good, Vic. How are you, man? I’m fine. How did it go? Good, good. Eh, the board went well. The truth is that I noticed the tuning a lot because the snow was kind of sticky and the tuning you did made me not snag so much there on the curves, going faster on the straight paths. But, where I had problems, because where I get more stuck than the ideal is at the end of the track, because the snow is covering due to the low level, and I’d like to see if there’s anything that we could to, since I get stuck there, to pick up some speed to face the final jump. Don’t worry, man. I went shopping, went for bargains and I found some fluor for you. Very well! I’m going to give it to you, eh. Tomorrow you’ll catch speed. Okay, good luck. And I wanted to ask you a question that most users of snowboards and skis have in their minds right now. What’s the difference between a classic and ordinary waxing we can find in a ski rental or specialized shop, and a waxing like the ones you’re doing here, at the World Cup or, in this case, at the Paralympic Games? Well, you see, basically, saturation. Once we’ve saturated the board well comes the base. And then, fundamental, clean, re-clean, re-scratch and put on layers. Layers of different waxes, so you can catch the speed you told me you needed. Well, now you know the work of a skiman. As you see, it’s much more difficult than it seems at first. You’ve also met Gabi, who is one of the great novelties of these Games and a person who not only fixes our boards, but also energizes us with his attitude and well, as for any other doubt you might have, write it in my blog and I’ll try to solve them.

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