If it is cold in Houston (lake temp was 59* yesterday, darned cold for us), then it must be really cold everywhere else, thus spurring more talk and less play. The [email protected]
club (we know everything: just ask us!) at our lake was discussing the Rope Tension or strain gauge stat being used at pro tournaments to show the force being exerted on the pylon. This is pretty cool, demonstrating to the world how strong we all are and that this ain't no sissy sport, this high end slalom. Unfortunately, this stat has pretty much zero relevance to a podium finish.
Think of other sports that are saturated with stats, both individual and team, that are directly related to being a winner. For instance, the ERA in baseball, the QB rating in football, or GIR in golf. If they are dominating that stat, they are more than likely dominating that sport. Not so with the strain gauge. It's groovy, but irrelevant to top performance.
Then what is for slalom? Is there a particular stat that is most telling? Perhaps a Lean gauge, that is, max angle away from the boat? Max speed at the apex of the turn? Max speed at the prop wash? What say ye?
Happy Winter skiing to all, and may Spring be just around the corner!