Ahmet Dadali knows -better than most- that to make it as a pro skier, coming from the East Coast, you have to have that one-track mind, the drive to push though the bs and make it happen for yourself. Ahmet and his 'I hate NY Crew', not only came form the East but helped shape the game in the world of street skiing. Ahmet is opinionated and has no problem saying what he's thinking. - Mike Powell
Mike: "They [Olympic athletes] need 10 pairs of perfectly tuned skis to do what they're doing and in your world you need three pairs of broken skis and you can still make it happen but what do you think about the Olympics side of the sport?"
Ahmet: "I mean, what gets me with the Olympics is not the imbalance of how much athletes are getting paid or, you know, what the guys that are doing it [street skiing} get as far as anything from sponsors. That's not I really the big beef with me and a lot of people actually misconceive what I'm trying to say with this whole competition stuff you know? I feel like a lot of people think that I am fully against competitions and competitive skiers period, which is simply not the truth. I just think the people in control full of competitions in this kind of stuff are money suckers I mean plain and simple. I'm not worried about how much the athlete is making, I'm worried about how much those foundations are making." 35:00
Mike Powell has been around the ski game for longer than most. He spent 16 years at K2 Sports, managing some of the sport's biggest names, creating content and organizing events such as the Back 9 and Kamp K2. In his own words he's been spending his time "working his ass off for the love of sliding snow". His new podcast series, The Powell Movement, features some of the all time legends of skiing, in the form of both athletes and industry folk. We're stoked to partner up with Mike and present The Powell Movement's ski episodes (it also deals with snowboard and other action sports) to the world.