MinggWe do different sports and the mentality of these sports are completely opposite.
Racing is standardized to hell and back so the mentality is so much more strict. That's why some racers may come across as uptight.
To you that comes across as them being a dick but to them it's being focused and training to be the best. If you're a racer, you're on a team and competing. People don't just race for fun.
Freesking is about creativity, style, etc. and it's not as restricted. That's why freeskiers in general seem to be more laid back. I'm not trying to say freeskiers aren't focused but most people who freeski aren't competing. It's mostly a recreational sport so there's a lot less pressure to be the best(sorta).
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that the nature of both sports form complete opposite personalities. And this is what I think makes racers and freeskiers clash so much.
You prefer the laid back style of freeskiing and that's just who you are. You like freeskiing and not racing. That doesn't mean racers suck or that they're wrong or anything. I've met a lot of really awesome racers and you can't judge them all because of a few dicks. Just putting this out there, racers usually are no more annoying than freeskiers.
This. I race on a high school level, and usually the more uptight people I come across tend to most likely be a really competitive person who races outside of high school skiing. Then come the parents, some are just proud to see their kid finish without being disqualified or crashing. But the racing parents, however, they want their kids to be in the top 5 or 10 to make it to States and possibly into regionals (meaning part of the country, not within the area you live within the state high school sports division).
Outside of high school skiing, I freeski, but I will also be working as a ski instructor. Even though I'm still competing on a high school level, I'm still learning so I can bring the techniques I've learned in practice to teaching people how to ski, minus the coaches yelling and the uptight mood.
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