Ankle flexion refers to the strong forward shin angle evident in most skate and classic ski techniques. Having good flexibility through the ankles helps the skier get forward while maintaining good contact across the bottom of the foot, which helps with balance. But being flexible through the ankles off snow is something different from being able to express that flexibility within the context of your ski technique. The drills and strategies outlined in this video help bridge that gap and challenge you to work deeper into the end ranges of your flexibility, especially at the initiation of the glide, as the ski first comes into contact with the snow.
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Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, born 1992. This footage was filmed at the Canmore Nordic Centre, January, 2019.
Olivia’s Notable Results:
2015 – U23 World Championships, Almaty, KAZ: 21 (Sprint C)
2015 – U23 World Championships, Almaty, KAZ: 17 (10km F)
2015 – U23 World Championships, Almaty, KAZ: 12 (Skiathlon)