I think I was like 14 when I saw Jonny Moseley do the 360 mute in the Olympics, and I was just like, 'HOLY SHIT that was awesome!' So that got me stoked on skiing again, but I didn't really get what was going on until my friend Austin bought Johnny Decesare's 'State of Mind'... we basically just sat there dumbfounded watching JP, JF, Marc McDonell, Mike Douglas, etc. From then on out I was hooked; it was the next year when I started hearing about CR, Tanner, Evan Raps, and those guys.
I think it's important to note that there are a few guys who really span generations: Morrison has been killing it for over a decade and he's still considered one of, if not the best, big mountain skier. McConkey turned the sport around in the '90s, and he's still changing things. And Tanner, hopefully, hasn't even reached his prime yet as the dominant force in freestyle; for over three years he's basically set the standard as to what style is.
The coolest thing is that there's a new generation and a new breed emerging. I'm so stoked to see guys like JP Solberg, Corey Vanular, Tanner Rainville, Charles Gagnier, etc. on the podium. They're the future.
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