Padding Your Quiver With Cool Tricks! #1: Eye on the Prize.
One of the first things I was taught as a young figure skater and downhill skier was "where the eyes go, the body will follow." It is a truism for any sport. If you are tearing down a single-track on your mountain bike and you see an obstacle such as a tree or rock and you stare it down, you will be rewarded with a head-on collision. Fix your gaze on the gap between, and you might just get a "get out of jail free card!" In skating, if one tried a hard jump and looked down at the ice while trying to land on that 1/8"x2" piece of blade, you'd be pretty much guaranteed a cold and slippery slide across the ice.