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Olympic Slopestyle Riders Demonstrate Extreme Navigation Skills

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in navigation, personal navigation, Uncategorized, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Olympic Slopestyle Riders Demonstrate Extreme Navigation Skills

If you’re directionally challenged and have trouble determining your whereabouts on terra firma, consider the amazing wayfinding feats by Olympic slopestyle riders. Not only do they  anticipate (and follow through with) a course comprising a series of obstacles that catapult them into the air, but as they twist, turn, and somersault while airborne, they understand their position in relation to the ground. This is called “air awareness,” a skill learned “through training and repetition.”

In this video, New York Times reporter Zena Barakat explains that Mark McMorris, a member of the Canadian National Slopestyle Team, “continually looks at the ground as he rotates in the air,” leading him to a (hopefully) flat, controlled landing.

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.


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