Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx
It would be a nice day off for Bode, Ted, Herminator and the boys...and girls...punching it out on the World Cup Circuit..something they can do for fun when they retire...but they gotta go to work proving who is the best skier in the world.
Many of the top free skiers started out on the racing circuit.
I think racing is more difficult to master, much longer learning curve and more technical and physical training by far. However, every World Cup champion that takes up being a big mountain film star does not drop right in and do well. Qualities that put one among the top big mountain skiers include some attributes that a racer may not possess: grace, imagination and inventiveness, terrain and snow conditions evaluation, and route planning.
To speak of Seth Morrison's ability on the big mountain, and Eric Pollard's ability on the big mountain in the same breath is absolutely absurd. Perhaps a good example how a racing background is the essential piece of experience before moving to the films. Racing doesn't automatically make you a great big mountain skier, but without it as a background you have no chance, IMO. exceptions exist of course.
I think Julia was out free-skiing the other day. WOW, just WOW. Though Squaw racers have a deep background in skiing the whole mountain. She passed me on all the runs we were sharing. Heck yeah, Julia! Travis Ganong hangs with the bros and does just fine; he rips big lines. But since he also has a big brain, I don't expect to see him become a film star after his WC career.
I think it's fun to compare these skiing disciplines, but I find the idea of the "greatest skier" to be invalid to begin with. No such thing. In fact the whole "greatest" concept is an invention of promoters and circus sideshows.