A “little bit of a snow scientist” is how the USA’s slopestyle ski technician Dave Coombs describes himself, on the Olympic Channel’s Gold Medal Entourage.
A miracle worker and indispensable part of the team is how Sochi 2014 Olympic Games silver medallist Devin Logan views the man she cannot imagine competing without.
In a sport that necessitates constant ski abuse – with sliding rails detuning edges and 30ft jumps hammering the very fibres of the skis – Logan knows that “Coombsy” is priceless.
“Skiing in competition without Coombsy would be very hard. There is so much on the team behind you that puts all the effort in,” says Logan
From snow temperature to air temperature via differing types of wax, Coombs’ knowledge has proved crucial, never more so than in Sochi.