wow. all you guys are acting like the kid who didnt get into harvard when his best friend did. sure, you may have been validictorian, got a 1600 sat, and a 36 on your ACT. guess what? there are hundreds of kids just like you, with the exact same grades, scores, and padded resume. on the other hand, the kid who did get in had solid grades and scores, but actually has somethng to give to the school, be it sports, art, acting, what have you.
the latter is landis. sure, he doesn't win the us open every year, and maybe he cant do a perfect cork 12 or whatever. but what makes him such a great athlete to have on your team is the other stuff he brings to the table. he is a creative and technically sound filmer, he is a great skiier, and most importatly, has exposure. this exposure, combined with his well-roundedness, makes him a valuable asset to any company.
landis will help his sponsors more than the clones who throw immaculate 10s because he is more than just tricks. just think how much more landis will do for the company than just about anyone else in the business.
and as for the 50 ec kids that you know are better, who are they? oh wait, we dont know, because they all do the same thing over and over again. what else do they bring to the table?
Landis, congrats man, you deserve it, and i know you will earn your pay, as it were, 100 times over for your sponsors.