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gypsy_kidI heard he skis urban now
DeebieSkeebiesProbably taking a break from the ski world. Doesn't shock me, He was a legitimate contender for a good number of years on the biggest stage for his respective discipline (pipe skiing) along with Tanner and other killers. Not only that, he was stacking shots for movies on top of traveling the world and competing. If that's not a full plate then I don't know what is, really. It does seem like a great life but im sure it brings stress. Then the newer generations of pipe skiers like Torin, Blunck, JPV, etc. came up and started blowing these dudes by which has to be frustrating seeing people kick your ass after maybe a year or two on the pro-stage while you've been doing it for at least 5 already.
People say he was an asshole and he surely could have handled losing a bit better somedays, but you got to at least understand where he is coming from. The dude put his heart into that shit and when it doesn't go your way, tempers certainly flare and you get emotional. Ill always cherish those Tanner/Simon medal round pipe duels @ X. Easily some of the greatest moments our sport has seen. That was the epitome of competitive skiing, I think. Two dudes pouring everything they got into their crafts and it blew our minds.
I think he'll come back, though. Deep deep down, the reason pros ski is because they truly do love it and its their passion, as much as people get all caught up in the competition/FIS-regulated stuff. Its obvious hes taking some years to gather himself and figure out what to do with the rest of his life now.
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