After watching the Superpipe and reading other threads...Just wanted to bring some love to the man that OWNS the Pipe. He has the tech. He has the spins. He has the airs. He has the gold...again. I doubt we will ever see him again in the pipe. I hope not..
If we are to see the progression of SuperPipe/Freeskiing and bring it to the grandest scale; the Olympics...we need Tanner vs Simon. We need them to throw down like they did last night and show not only the awe struck tongue salivating pavlov crowd but all other pretending ankle nipping competitors where Superpipe is headed. Visionaries, seers, prophets...zealots...call them what you may..BUT the chorus of 'BULLSHIT' that welcomed Tanner at the bottom of the Pipe was unforgiveable.
What does this guy need to do to earn your affection? He must be Jesus and I'm not even religious...paving the way for everyone and not just his followers ...but paving the way for all haters also. Man, he gives you year after year of progression, of HIS progression in the Pipe and you crucify him. Not only this year, but every fucking year!!! He gives you creativity and you mock him. He gives you vision and you blind him with deafening rounds of boos.
As I watched him, somberly and expression less on the podium accepting his medal...I kept thinking to myself, I doubt we'll ever see him again. I doubt we'll see the Jordan of skiis, the Ali of skiis, the Tiger of skiis in the pipe again....
...no the Jesus of skiis has left the building.
and leaves it only to us, admirers, true followers of Freeskiing, to wonder...???
Will Tanner rise again?