Halfpipe Skiing at 2014 Olympics. No thank's!
A while ago the FIS (FIS means fart in swedish by the way) unanimously agreed to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include men's and women's halfpipe skiing in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
This was most definitely bad news for me. I was really shocked that everyone seemed fine and cool with the news in the skiing community, with comments on different forums like "man that's so cool that skiing is finally recognised" and "yeah this is what skiing needs" but then again all the media highlighted it as something positive.
What the fuck!!!
My opinion is that this sport neither needs more attention (at least not this way), more money or more corporate sponsors. I understand if people like Jon Olsson and Simon Dumont probably totally disagree with me since all they care about is green dollar-bills and their fame. I don't think commercialising freeskiing any further will help the sport in any way. Actually I think all steps in that direction will eventually be a major setback for skiing, snowboarding or any "actionsport" with some kind of soul in it. This doesn't only include the Olympics but also the X-games, Dew Tour and all other corporate branded or owned circuses. Joining the dark force of the IOC and commercialising the sport even further will for sure attract more skiers to the halfpipe and make them buy more skis or boards in a short period of time. But very soon allot of the people that first thought it was cool and did it for the right reasons will think - oh man freeskiing has become so lame and Boom suddenly the people that are the very soul of the sport will give skiing the big finger and be out.
I guess it's the pros, media and leaders of freeskiing that should lead the way and tell the kids in what direction they should go, since allot of us helped to build the whole movement from the beginning. I hate that snowboarding was finally made into an Olympic sport and I love people like Terje and others who dissed the Olympics back in the days! I would love to see some of the skiers stepping up in the same way today!
So why is the Olympics and the FIS so bad? Well all in all, they are interested in one thing- m.o.n.e.y. And they don't give a fuck about your sport, they will make stupid regulations and come up with lame rules and in the end when they have screwed everything up, they will put freeskiing in the same shelf as other lame sports such as ice skating and aerials. Read more about the FIS in my earlier loving story about them.
One of the most positive thing in the freeskiing industry today is when true brands and skiers take matters in their own hands, a god example are competitions like the SCI or the Orage Masters or even the Freeskiing World Tour (even though Nissan is the main-sponsor). I would love to see the freeskiing community come together and create their own tour. Not Red Bull, Monster, ESPN, or any other corporate giant. But Orage, Line, Armada, Surface, Full tillt, 4 frnt and other cool rider driven or owned brands. Join your light-sabres, combine forces for and start a freeskiing/freestyle tour. This is really what the freeskiing community needs now, not the fucking Olympics!
I guess sadly somewhere I might think it's allready to late and that maybe we have all ready lost the battle. But then again I know there are allot of people out there that don't give a fuck about the Olympics and that are not in it for the attention but for the stoke of it. That is what keeps me going and why I keep loving it. So all of you true dudes and dudettes out there, stand up and be heard!!! Don't let your sport be taken over by lame organisations and big corporations. In the end it's what you do and say that counts and that can change things!
Here is what a snowboarder thinks about putting slopestyle-snowboarding into the olympics.