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sticky this thread, like come on boys
I really don't understand why people are getting so angry about this. Sure I don't like the decision and signed the petition. Honestly people saying fuck all these comps look at skateboarding, skateboardings in X games as well. Skiing is a sport going in so many different directions who cares if somebody wants to do something thats judge one way or another. Like AR6rider said its not going to change how you ski and yes it is going to bring money to the sport. More cool events, more opportunities for amatures to get sponsored. Its going to bring attention to the sport and get more people into it which is cool look how many extremely talented people are involved already. Imagine with even more kids getting into it the next generation of riders is going to be absolutely insane. If you don't like comps don't compete go freeski on your own mountain, shred the backcountry but hating just going to piss you off and stress you out. Get out there have fun thats what skiings about if competing isn't fun don't do it nobodys making you. Who cares what people opinions of skiing is skiing is fun and I could care less if people thought it was the gayest lamest thing next to figure skating I'd still do it.
Well theres still people out there just hiking gnarly backcountry chutes spending there time outdoors and not competing at all. Sure it will change how some people in the future ski but the thing about skiing is there are so many faces of it. Freestyling,big mountain,mountaneer skiing.
Sure things are getting gnarlier because skiings a sport that pushes boundaries and limits and as we evolve the sport things are going to change. But look on this site at all the kids talking about how sick a dub cork 7 is and the fact that pros are still willing to throw stuff like that in a competition. Look at all the urban and crazy rails people are doing.
Skiing isn't all about triples, sure big ass jumps and tricks are appreciated more by the folks who don't ski but I can't see the olympics changing the way everyone skis in the future. Skiing used to be ariels and moguls and racing. That still exists and strives, and have been olympic sports for ages. Freeskiing as an olympic sport is a good thing in my opinion as soon as people get inspired by this "new" type of skiing they will be much more likely to look it up on youtube, see all these big mountain videos and urban skiing and maybe that will apeal to them more, skiing will always be what the future chooses to make of it. Sure competitions wont be won by a 360 mute anymore but skiing will always still be free.
Think about it do you think anyones going to want to watch a hour and a half ski movie of identical tricks with identical grabs, their will still be films of all kinds of different things and skiing will progress in many different ways. The fact is skiing is always going to have controversial judging because even if you know how certain tricks are harder then others its hard to rate a easier trick done perfectly smooth over a harder trick thats just the slightest bit sketchy.
Just saying skiing is not all of a sudden going to change into one thing or be a completely different sport just because the olympics, if anything it will just expand it and bring more money and talent to an already thriving sport.