Originally Posted by lshull
OK, let's think about this. Racing is a quantifiable measure, but how applicable is it to everyday skiing?
Racing = Quantifiable. Very true indeed. All other forms are purely subjective in that they require some form of judge or personal opinion … just like figure skating. That’s why I personally like racing so much because as Bode puts it … it’s pure. He with the most victories against the clock wins (Stenmark).
For you figure skaters out there how could any list that includes praises as “the consummate skiing gentleman” and the like not include people like Glenn Plake, Scott Schmidt, Shane McKonkey, Dominique Perret, and the list goes on and on …
Also, I’ve slid with skiers out there that could easily be world-class, but they chose not to compete anymore because they burned out at an early age. Skiing for them is more of a personal journey. No-name People like Chad Zurinskas …
“Look at Chad not as a penniless, toothless, misdirected sloth but as a bastion of purity in a world where many posture ski bumming, but are really just bums. He is a burning testament to a dream many of us misarticulate.
Chad, like all of us uses two skis and two poles, but that is where the similarity ends. Rarely do his skis or poles match and they frequently lack edges – I don’t mean sharp edges; I mean edges at all. And they never cost more than $15 because that’s Chad’s rule. His ski garb of choice is a baby-blue Squirrel Murphy one-piece … and he just fricking rips! He hucks 100 footers, cuts uphill traverses to confound his snowboard brethren, and is usually the absolute fastest thing on the hill. Like Bruce Lee his style is no style, for Chad is a ski bum.”
I read that in Powder many years ago and taped it to the mirror in front of my squat rack for inspiration. Best skier of all time ?Oh – and Phil Mahre did not dominate the early 80’s as much as you’d think. He just didn’t have to compete against Stenmark as much at the time because Stenmark was considered a Pro for making too much money at the sport and therefore ineligible … yet another change he’s responsible for.