Not all teens are fans or followers of Tanner and some of the other so called "gansta" freestyle skiers. In fact most mountains have youth ski teams Kids start learning all the disciplines then find thier nitch, as they get older. I know a lot of kids that are really into racing, others turn to skiing bumps,Aerials and yes even free style skiing. Since this is the home of the US ski team many of the Kids on the Park City team aspire to make the US team. From what i have heard around town is that there is a great many kids who really don't like Tanner and his whole posse. I have seen a lot of guys like tanner in the surfing world they get fame at a young age. It goes to thier head and when the limelight fades they can go down hard. Some have wound up in Jail others homeless, become junkies and some have taken thier own lives. There are others out there who have with some style and grace gone from in your face to being an Adult. Glenn Plank comes to mind so does Mc Conkey, both have used humor and a personal style to advance themselves as more the just skiers. if tanner were smart he would take the challange. If he fails show some humility and good humor, if he should succeed show even more grace in victory. But something tells me his personality wouldn't let him do that.
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2/9/05 at 9:24am