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    Skiers at Killington, Vermont, in the United States can literally see their mistakes - their instructor can now show them on video-tape within minutes.

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    SV Instructor leading skiers off down slope

    SV Video-tape cameraman giving ready signal

    SV Instructor acknowledging signal and skiing of as cameraman photographs students (6 shots)

    SV & CU Video cassette placed into viewing machine at bottom of run (2 shots)

    SV & CU Skiers watching playback on screen (6 shots)

    SV Instructor leads skiers off up slope again


    INSTRUCTOR: "Right, now here's what we're going to do with the video-tape. You go one at a time from the bottom. When the man's ready to be taped, he'll raise his hand. That's your signal that he's ready. You in turn raise your hand, and make the best turns possible."

    DILLON: "Skiers at Killington Ski Area in central Vermont now get themselves video-taped right on the slopes while taking group, or individual lessons. A cameraman using portable equipment is stationed midway down one of the trails and he records their performance while they are following their instructor one at a time. The instructor takes the tape cassette from the cameraman, then continues with his students to the end of the run to a hut they call the Diagnostic Clinic. There, while it's played back, the instructor points out how technique can be improved. Most skiers rate themselves better than they actually are, so the re-play often shakes them up a bit. For others, it depicts shortcomings they weren't aware of."

    INSTRUCTOR: "O.K.. There you go, throwing that hip out again .. This isn't a bad turn. You see you don't do it on this side .. but you don't finish your turn either, but you're right on the edge .. There it is again, d'you see .. Yes. What happens is it's going o force the downhill ski away, but what it'll eventually do is create its own edge.."

    DILLON: "The video replay is also used at Killington's racing and free-style training camp. the training aid, which is only recommended for intermediate and advanced skiers, adds an additional four dollars to the cost of a lesson. Len Dillon reporting."

    One Killington instructor has said, "You can stand on the hill for five days and talk to students about what needs to be improved but you can tell the student in ten seconds with this video-tape."

    Initials CL/1703 CL/1715


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Skiers at Killington, Vermont, in the United States can literally see their mistakes - their instructor can now show them on video-tape within minutes.

    The skiers are video-taped by a cameraman with portable equipment as they perform exercises down the slope. the cameraman gives the tape to the instructor who shows it to the students at a skiing diagnostic centre. They watch the tape with their skis still on and then move back onto the slope to work on weaknesses or strengths revealed by the camera.

    Many American skiing schools have tried video-tape to help instruct but with very little success. It is believed to have succeeded at Killington because of five years of research resulting in better equipment and techniques.

    Video-tape is only recommended for intermediate and advanced skiers. Even Killington's instructors use instant replay to improve their own skiing and demonstration techniques.

    The film has a commentary by NBC reporter Len Dillon, a transcript of which appears overleaf.

    At Killington, Vermont, in the Appalachian mountains of the United States, student skiers can now literally see their mistakes. A new portable video-tape machine can now show them their errors within minutes. NBC reporter Len Dillon has been to watch the resort's ski instructors at work with the new technique.

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