I think people are going to be surprised and the average age of pro park skiers, if anything, will get older. As parks, equipment, knowledge of tricks, etc. make things safer, injuries will be fewer and fewer, and seasoned vets will be the ones consistently on top.
Look at Andreas, he's still pushing hard, learning new tricks, and remaining injury free. That's definitely the model of success to follow. Youth will only last you so long.
In Tanner's case, it seems that no one is more motivated. Add that to the argument that no one is more talented and you've got a pretty damn good recipe. I for one would put money on Tanner being at the Olympics. Look at his two results since his return: 1st, 6th. His performance at Dew Tour solidifies that his first result wasn't a fluke.
So, yes, I think Tanner will make the Olympic Pipe team.
Look at it this way. He has won one competition since his return. This winter there has been two competitions so far, and as far as the American's go, he's done second best. If anything (as far as the 2012/13 season goes so far) he's doing the best for American halfpipe skiers.
I'd say the doubters should be getting a little quiet right about now.
almost sounds like you're tying to disagree with what I wrote. Not sure why you quoted my post with your response. I know what Tanner is capable of, and he's already in the #1 spot for American halfpipe skiers... what does your post have to do with mine?
Three events this season, three top 10's including one win. Only one American above him at Dew and North Face PPO. He's currently 6th in AFP halfpipe standings. Considering this is the first year these results count toward olympic quals, I'd say that's a good start.
Tanner doesn't need to win all the contests on the way up to the Olympics, only qualify. It will be interesting to see how the game plays out, but I'd bet anything that he in fact does qualify for the team without much issue.
You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. -Ansel Adams
as much as you guys hate anyone for being competitive in skiing (simon), it's what does and will set tanner apart. he wants to win it more than any of these guys, and i definitely think he could. none of these other guys, as good as they are, have anywhere close to the drive that tanner has to be the best and win.