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in my opinion i don't think plake is in the same category. i reckon he was more of a "product" or an "image". he was well marketed because the was the first really marketable skier. Sure he was a good skier but his persona was equally "big" as his skiing and thats why he is such an icon.
What about Skills ... like Ski Ballet Skills .... haha
In a warren miller video from a few years back there's a segment with coombs and seth were skiing the same faces one after the other. There wasn't any hucking, just steep, technical terrain. It was pretty incredible how sloppy and slow seth looked next to doug. The wasn't straightline to the max sort of skiing, it was the just a controlled descent and doug's form was perfect. As far as descending the worlds gnarliest shit 100% in control, coombs takes the greatness cake.