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Body and pole position are fundamentally the same for all strokes.

(A) Poles are always angled back.

(B) Maintain a bend at the elbows.

(C) Initiate each stroke by bending at the ankles and pushing hips forward.

(D) Drive poles into the snow on a line with the gliding foot.

(E) Lead with the core of the body, not the head and shoulders.

(F) Use your whole foot to push and straighten the leg.

(G) Recover the nongliding ski close to the snow.

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