I just saw in the Advanced section's gates poll thread
posted that Nate's US Open gates have been cut now. Not sure if this is confirmed...@Sethski
said that he believes too early of a gate can become a disadvantage at 39.5 and shorter.
I saw Regina's PWR earlier this month. Her gates
were clearly good (not even close to touching the right buoy).
There has been a lot of "gate" discussion as a result of Nate's gate cuts. He's an awesome skier to watch and is poised to push the mens WR further. Still, I hope he is playing around with practice sets where he intentionally skis right down the middle of the gate. He's probably good enough to do that and still run 41 off nearly every time. With some practice with a cleaner gate, I bet he'd still post scores in the 43 off line.
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