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most good skiers have a racing background.
its not about sides. its about truth man. you think park rats can ski half as good as racers? comon.
and im talking skiing. not just a speedcheck or two up to a jump.
Well saying "Look at all the pros! They used to be racers!" is a little biased. Yes most pros started out racing because freeskiing is a very new sport. Racing was MUCH more common back in the day when freeskiing was jsut starting, so yes, most people are going to be racers first, because that's all there was. They moved to freeskiing after it began and started progressing.
Also, I can sort of understand the whole "Park rats can't ski" thing. Yes I know there are kids that ski the park, and can't ski anywhere else. But they're shitty park skiers. It's hard to be good a park if you're not a skier first, but that doesn't mean you needed to be a racer. I started skiing like 6 years ago, and transfered over from snowboarding. I started skiing to freeski. Freeskiing led me to become a great skier. I can ski all over the mountain because I just learned to ski everywhere by skiing it. I bet as time moves on and freeskiing becomes older, there won't be anymore pros that grew us racing, because they will grow up freeskiing. It's all just because of the times.