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Women’s skiing guru struts stuff

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Ladies, start your engines.

Jeannie Thoren, labeled by Skiing magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in skiing in the last 50 years, will be in Aspen this weekend.

She’ll kick off her visit at 6 p.m. this evening with a free lecture at Durrance Sports at Aspen Highlands. Free ski demos, specially designed for women, will be offered Saturday and Sunday, also at Highlands.

Thoren has spent the better part of her life studying the way women ski, focusing on the different physical characteristics of the male and female body as they relate to ski mechanics.

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“She’s been trying to figure out what inhibits women from skiing well for the past 30-plus years,” said Durrance Sports owner Dave Durrance of Thoren. “That’s led her to discover modifications in boots, mounting positions for bindings and constructions for skis ” and these are all things that accommodate the difference between a women’s and a man’s body.”

Thoren uses a pear to describe the differences between men and women on her Web site, http://www.jeanniethoren.com, explaining that men are built like a pear held stem down, while women’s bodies are more akin to a pear held right side up.

“Women’s calves fall lower on their legs, they have a lower center of gravity, and they have a wider pelvis,” her Web site states. “Yet for years, women have been skiing on equipment made for men (hardly seems ‘pear’, huh?).”

[Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com]


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