While the “playing field” in action sports like skiing has always been somewhat level, the democratization of viewership thanks to technology has further blurred the definition of professional, and also made it harder to make a living as a skier. This begs the question, are professional skiers a dying breed?
Aaron Blunk has been competing since he was 8 years old. When he was 10, he left the junior division, went to the open class, beat everyone and watched his much older competition leave the competition scene because he was so young and good. His career progressed to moving away from home to focus on the dreamof being a pro skier and he’s made that dream come true. His story, along with some great Inappropriate Questions from fellow Olympian, Lyman Currier, make this a fun listen.
Aaron Blunk Show Notes
2:00: He’s on fire this year, Peter Olenick, and Crested Butte
10:00: Getting into skiing, competing and his dad
19:45: Evo: The best online experience in action sports with retail to back it up
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21:30: How did he end up a halfpipe skier, recruited to Ski Club Vail and Junior Olympics
32:00: Armada, Head and other sponsors
40:00: First X-Games, Willie Borm, and training
47:00: The US Ski Team and what they do
52:00: Spy Optics: Get 20% off on their site Spyoptic.com using the code TPM20
The 10 Barrel Brewery: My favorite is 'Out of Office' Pilsner
53:40: The Sochi season
63:00: 2017 is the year of his life, being tough and the Korea Olympics
64:30: Inappropriate Questions with Lyman Currier