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No, it doesn't. I'm honestly tired of watching competitions. The olympics would boost the visibility of freeskiing, but thats not what I ski for. I don't ski so people can recognize what I do as 'cool'.
In terms of support for professional skiers- ya its great. But what was freeskiing originally founded on? Regnier, Hall, and many other either olympic level (or aspiring olympic level) mogul skiers made a transition to freeskiing not because they would be getting more money/exposure out of it.
Yeah but if you ever had the opportunity to represent your country in the Olympics, you can't say that you wouldn't do it.
And people who ski in the Olympics aren't doing it so that people can recognize it as 'cool'. To work that hard and make it to the Olympics, you really have to love what you are doing.
Good point Jacob. Thats the way I see it anyways. I quit skiing moguls after many years of competing in moguls for many reasons, but the overriding reason- it wasn't fun anymore and all I wanted to do was ski pow and park. The only thing the olympics will do is make skiing 'cool', pay some athletes (not a bad thing), and everyone on this forum will be bitching for a month about who got screwed out of which place. The ski industry was a lot 'cooler' a few years ago to me.
FREEskiing isn't about FIS. Hell, theres already enough hatred in competitions due to judging, etc. Everyone should realize skiing is fun because its for yourself- theres so many different opportunities from big mountain to urban rails and people really need to learn to ski for themselves.