Originally Posted by pdiddy
EAGLES PDX SInce everyone is talking about racing and how it equates to the best. What about people who never raced in any pro circ or even at a high school level? Could a person succeed at being one of the best of all time without a substantial racing career or even a high school racing career? If so then what type of racing? would a mogul racer ever become a world contender as the best skier, or would it have to be a pure racer? Just curios what your criteria is...
When you say "pure racer" it misses the point that ski racing is based on developing and testing skiing skills, the essentials of skiing. You'll find all "racers" are great skiers.
I suppose they could "home school" but at the end of the day they would have to compete and prove it. Kye Petersen is great "home schooled" skier but he would have to compete in some organized, objective system to prove he was the world's best. In free skiing competitions, it's all subjective as he states below.
He nailed his line, hitting a double-stacked cliff at the top, skiing fast and aggressive through the bowl, and then finishing off with two back-to-back 360s. He got the highest score of the day. The next day, on the steep, out-of-bounds Mac Daddy face, he cleaned his run again—a huge 360; fast, fluid turns; and a massive air at the bottom-earning a high enough score to secure the overall win. “I was surprised when I won,” Kye says. “There were so many rad skiers there, it could have been any of them.”
Love it or leave it, skiing has created a competitive, objective system for people who want the title "Worlds Best Skier". You can be the world's best skier, but you have to compete and prove it in the system we have. You can be great skier outside of it but it is the title the thread is about.