For years, people criticized Reese's landing, even though she was winning. I have worked a lot of her competitions and what few may have noted, she frequently only took one jump, or two if she fouled the first, then went back to the HJ or hurdles. She was not concentrating on the LJ. She has improved her landing and it is starting to show. Just an observation and opinion.
Your 100% right with that. If I was her coach I would be on the edge about how inconsistent she is.
She only got 2 jumps in Doha - 7.04 and 7.25. Everything else was a foul...
I stopped worrying about that after she won with 7.12 in London. She is one of the all time greats.
forget London! (well, it's just another piece of the puzzle). Reese may be one of the more "ungainly" jumpers you've ever seen, but at this point she's sitting on a 5-gold streak, which has seen her win the Worlds in and out twice in a row each plus the Olympics.
gh wrote:Reese may be one of the more "ungainly" jumpers you've ever seen, but at this point she's sitting on a 5-gold streak, which has seen her win the Worlds in and out twice in a row each plus the Olympics. Methinks she's doing something a little bit right.
Just because she's an outlier in ability, does not mean she's technically proficient. She used to jump far with terrible technique, and now she's jumping farther with vastly improved technique.
uakari wrote:it's scary to think how much she could jump (7.5m +) if she'd learn proper technique?
Facts not in evidence. Her technique now (that she has learned to extend her feet in front of her) is much closer to peak efficiency. Plus, as was pointed out to me in the USATF Level II coaching course, we don't know if fixing the landing could somehow have some detriment to her superb take-off mechanics. I'm not sure how that's relevant, but that's what they say. Something to do with torso angle at takeoff and compensating for forward angular momentum . . .
mump boy wrote:It may be an improvenment but it's still atrocious !!
Imagine if she actually had a leg shoot
She's just like Marion Jones; high trajectory but stiff and a poor leg shoot. But, as with Jones, I would stick with the technique she knows. When Jones tried to improve technically her distances went backwards. I suspect because it didn't feel natural to her, but then again she was primarily a sprinter. At least Reese can focus totally on her event. Reese also looks lighter than Jones.
The LJ could be a great competition in Moscow. Sokolova's performance here in Doha was also good considering the Europeans and Russians in particular don't tend to start so early and so strong. Perhaps we'll see all 3 medalists over 7m? Hell, we may even find 7.00 isn't enough to medal! Now that would be super.
Her leg shoot is not that bad on this jump, angles are deceiving. Reese is already one of the greats in my opinion (based on my ignoring the performance list above her, which is almost entirely bogus).
I suggest you take a look at a screen shot of her landing on this jump. Of course she's not the best technician, and she lands standing up on occasion, but I suspect she'll get more return by improving her run-up and take-off phase. But she's an absolute natural (aka stating the bleedin' obvious), and sometimes absolute naturals just do what they're going to do.
As I said in an earlier post, her 'lack of leg extension' is somewhat due to a vastly superior penultimate step and a high, powerful take-off. The checking of forward momentum has to be paid for somewhere and BR does it so well at takeoff, it's very hard to get her torso forward enough to bring the legs up fully. The hip angle is set at takeoff and hers is optimized for a high fast trajectory. All things being equal, I'd much rather have her great take-off and 'mediocre' landing than a superb landing with less power and angle at take-off. It's really hard to have your cake and eat it too, though Heike Dreschler managed it. Mike Powell was a hot mess at times, but boy could he take off! Carl Lewis was a line drive compared to him (though a pretty fast one! )