I think I can understand where tanner is coming from.
I joined the Karate club during my second year at university; I wasn't on the Football team. We practiced a form of full-contact karate with kendo armour. I worked out 4 or five times a week, physically exhausting workouts. Spend an hour or two doing full power sidekicks on a heavy bag and you will see what I mean. I worked just as hard as anyone on the football team. I developed extremely good timing, balance, coordination, strenght, power, endurance. In short I was a very good athlete (the older I get, the better I was). I paid my own way to tournaments; the footballers not only got their way to the games paid for, but they also got scholarships. The people on the football team got athletic letters for their leather jackets; people in the karate club got nothing, well not quite, we got to use the combatives room.
I think I, and several other athletes who were in the martial arts club were great athletes, but because Karate was not as popular as football we got no credit. It's like a Rodney Dangerfield show. NO Respect. I never got a dinner!
That's life. Live with it. Do what you do because you want to do it. Maybe Tanner can change things and find a way to finance his sport, but I don't think dissing other athletes is the way to go about it.
PS I don't think it is that hard to go down a DH course relatively slowly, compared to people who know how to build and carry speed, without killing yourself. I'm sure Tanner could manage it. It would not be very exciting to watch though.
Becoming involved in racing is difficult. It requires a commitment of time and money. Parks are open all the time, you can just get up in the morning and decide to go play there. Maybe if they left a few race courses open for people to just pop in unanounced it could become more popular. Yes, That's it!
ALL SKI RESORTS! SET A DH COURSE FOR ANY RECREATIONAL SKIER (ME) TO JUST POP IN AND TRY IT OUT!
( i usually follow the routes but it's not so easy when there are all these people crossing back and forth trying to loose speed instead of gain more, and ridges that are shaped like vw beetles instead of nice jumps)