I just watched a new edit, a pretty sick one admittedly, called "The Seven Year Old Future of Freeskiing."
Skiing for me has always stood out as one of the few sports left in which, for the most part, egos are far from encouraged. People who ski together are friends, and they do what they love for that reason alone. This is mere skepticism, but you don't see many successful pros who truly hold themselves above their peers. I love this about skiing, and I want it to stay that way. The reason you see so many egotistical athletes in other sports is because for their whole lives, people have reiterating that that athlete is the best, that they deserve the best because of their talents. Skiing has never been about that, but I'm worried that it's heading in that direction.
How healthy can it be to label a 7 year old child "The Future of Freeskiing"? I have absolutely nothing against Charlie Beatty, in fact I'm impressed by him, but to label him "the future" does nothing but put a weight on his shoulders that no kid should have to bear. There are plenty of young skiers, all of whom I respect as they are already better then I will ever be, who are sponsored by major companies. In the eyes of someone without greater understand, a sponsorship is really just the validation of the idea that they are better than other kids. It is the birth of the ego.
I know lots of what I'm saying is kind of rant, but I think this is a legitimate issue that deserves to be brought up and discussed.