Ahmet's right, when Freeskiing was introduced to the Olympics, the whole freeski scene was forced to take a look at itself and get it together so that skiers could be understood by the mainstream viewers & audience or as Ahmet says, "button up".
My question is; does that have to continue? Do we even still do that? Furthermore, do people even give a damn about what happens in olympic competition anymore?
Things like X Games Real Ski, Competing in more "soul" events like Steel City Showdown, or even just getting a banger YouTube segment presented by a Level1, Slvsh or any other media outlet, matter more to me.
Buttoning up for more money seems like conforming to an old ideology that shouldn't be relevant in 2022. Everyone's got a platform, everyone's got their own vibe, so run that.
Now, don't mistake me for someone who thinks you shouldn't do what you need to do to make the cash you need, and I'll never judge a decision an athlete makes if it get's their financial situation right. At the end of the day, if you do what you do to make sure you're good, no one else's shit matters.
For the short of Ahmet talking about this, see below.
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