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Dana Flahr gets interviewed by the most clueless person ever.

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http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4419437/thrills-of-extreme-skiing/?playlist_id=87185

 

this guys doesnt get anything....

 

As long as Dana gets to go skiing he is happy. 

post #2 of 20

"stunt skiing"  lol

post #3 of 20
What a terrible interview. Wonder how he got roped into that one.
post #4 of 20

Except that as inept as the interviewer was, he had a point.

 

He's risking his life and not making much for it.  It's quite possible that an agent could get him more (although he could also sour the relationship).

 

Bear in mind that this was a "business" channel -- a focus on the bottom line is hardly out of the blue.

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Except that as inept as the interviewer was, he had a point.

 

He's risking his life and not making much for it.  It's quite possible that an agent could get him more (although he could also sour the relationship).

 

Bear in mind that this was a "business" channel -- a focus on the bottom line is hardly out of the blue.

Also making a lot of money off your talents is a good thing....since the interviewer knows nothing about the ski business maybe Dana is doing everything he can to maximize his earnings...maybe's he's not.  If it's the former he'll never regret what he's doing...if it's the later he will.
 

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Except that as inept as the interviewer was, he had a point.

 

He's risking his life and not making much for it.  It's quite possible that an agent could get him more (although he could also sour the relationship).

 

Bear in mind that this was a "business" channel -- a focus on the bottom line is hardly out of the blue.


I dont think he is risking his life. dana doesnt think he is risking his life

 

The amount of falls these guys take and nothing happens is staggering.

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I dont think he is risking his life. dana doesnt think he is risking his life

 

The amount of falls these guys take and nothing happens is staggering.


How many big Mt. competitors have lost their lives in the last few years?  Too many!  I think they are beginning to see the consequences of the risks being taken.  It is probably part of the progression.  As in anything a price is paid to evolve, the pioneers usually pay that price.  I think, predict & hope there will be less of a catastrophic price paid as time goes on & the newer wave of top skiers will learn from the past & be able to lessen the risk through greater technology.

 

JF

post #8 of 20

Varney has been around financial TV for a while.  I get from that interview that he was just pushing Flahr's buttons a bit but trying to make a point that he should be paid like Shaun White.  He sees a guy doing flippy spinny things on a snowboard and translates that to Freeskiing.  

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I dont think he is risking his life. dana doesnt think he is risking his life

 

The amount of falls these guys take and nothing happens is staggering.


How many big Mt. competitors have lost their lives in the last few years?  Too many!  I think they are beginning to see the consequences of the risks being taken.  It is probably part of the progression.  As in anything a price is paid to evolve, the pioneers usually pay that price.  I think, predict & hope there will be less of a catastrophic price paid as time goes on & the newer wave of top skiers will learn from the past & be able to lessen the risk through greater technology.

 

JF


 

Big Mountain competitions are alot more dangerous for the top competiors than a video shoot on a heli ski trip.

 

Not that I have done the heli ski video shot thing but they are shooting stuff that is softer with no track on it where in Big mountain comps people are hucking 50 footer to hardpack moguls.

 

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Except that as inept as the interviewer was, he had a point.

 

He's risking his life and not making much for it.  It's quite possible that an agent could get him more (although he could also sour the relationship).

 

Bear in mind that this was a "business" channel -- a focus on the bottom line is hardly out of the blue.


I dont think he is risking his life. dana doesnt think he is risking his life

 

The amount of falls these guys take and nothing happens is staggering.



and you know that nothing happens how? back injury has a cumulative component, as does concussion. don't make me say what I think is "staggering"

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Except that as inept as the interviewer was, he had a point.

 

He's risking his life and not making much for it.  It's quite possible that an agent could get him more (although he could also sour the relationship).

 

Bear in mind that this was a "business" channel -- a focus on the bottom line is hardly out of the blue.


I dont think he is risking his life. dana doesnt think he is risking his life

 

The amount of falls these guys take and nothing happens is staggering.



It doesn't matter what you or he think...he's risking his life.  

 

 

I guarantee every single one of these dead "extreme skiers" who had a wife an children would change their tune if they could be interviewed from beyond their graves.  

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I guarantee every single one of these dead "extreme skiers" who had a wife an children would change their tune if they could be interviewed from beyond their graves.  


I have been interested in what your statement brings up for some time. maybe it will happen here. progression of the sport . 
The concept is beginning to trouble me, if it means taking greater and greater risk to be considered on the cutting edge of the progression of the sport

If there are few rewards for style, then it all has to be awarded on magnitude, bigger cliffs, bigger risks. It could be the beginning of the end, as you can only go so far (flying suits seem to be approaching that point rapidly, pun intended.)

post #13 of 20
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Big Mountain competitions are alot more dangerous for the top competiors than a video shoot on a heli ski trip.

 

Not that I have done the heli ski video shot thing but they are shooting stuff that is softer with no track on it where in Big mountain comps people are hucking 50 footer to hardpack moguls.

 


I should not have said "competition", but big mt. in general.  Most of the deaths I am thinking of were not in competition & I am not throwing any blame at the souls that have been lost, they were pushing the limits of what they loved RIP.  What I am trying to say is that we learn from mistakes of the past & I believe the future for skiers like Flahr, will be brighter & safer.  I will also go out on a limb & say that the progression will begin to slow at the same time.

 

JF

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It doesn't matter what you or he think...he's risking his life.  

 

 

I guarantee every single one of these dead "extreme skiers" who had a wife an children would change their tune if they could be interviewed from beyond their graves.  


Many of us risk our lives everyday.  If you think about it, you probably do too.  No one sets out to die, we set out to get something done. 

 

Our soldiers are dying everyday to progress & ensure democracy.  What would they say from beyond the grave?

 

It is all about risk & reward.  Some manage risk better than others, & some are just unlucky.

 

JF

post #15 of 20

my observations as a spectator:

At the Big Mountain Comps, at some gnarly, technical venues, it is mainly the less experienced and less skilled competitors that are in serious danger as they try to match up and man up. they are the ones that can miss the first or second turn and slide down the entire venue, or make the jump and land it on a rock.

 

The top guys always go big, and when the snow is firm, they take a beating as well, even if they do not fall. I saw them purposely landing jumps in tight to the base of the cliff to take advantage of the small area of steeper gradient there, where the now drifts up against the rock.

 

In terms of calling an untracked deep line in a film shoot softer, it gets pretty hard and unforgiving every time they ski that deep powder along and over rock bands and cliffs.

 

The inherent danger of un-scouted lines (lines you've not seen develop with snowfall): One run Hugo Harrison was ripping at 40 mph + down the center of what looked like a wide open face covered in over a foot of snow when he hit a rock that was hidden just 3" or so under the surface. Season ender.

 

The shot made the cut, or I wouldn't know the story.

post #16 of 20

I though it was a interesting interview. I think the anchor guy makes an valid point. If you are the best in the world at what you do and are taking big risks you should make more. But it doesn't seem that Dana is motivated by money.

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I though it was a interesting interview. I think the anchor guy makes an valid point. If you are the best in the world at what you do and are taking big risks you should make more. But it doesn't seem that Dana is motivated by money.


It doesn't matter if you're the best in the world at what you do, it only matters how much people are willing to pay you to do it. And part of that comes from how much the second best guy in the world will accept to do it. If there are enough guys that are good enough to make some good films, and willing to do it primarily for the ability to ski for a living (like Dana apparently is) then no one's gonna get rich doing it.
post #18 of 20

It is an interesting topic, and chances are the compensation pattern in extreme skiing is probably not in line with the other sports (like pro golfers, football or baseball players), so maybe all it takes is one shrewd skier getting an agent and signing a BIG contract, and one of a sudden everyone will start getting bigger and bigger bucks.   It is hard to believe that there is less money in pro skiing than in, say road cycling, and best rider routinely get million-euro contracts from their teams. 

 

What really alarms me is the drastically increased amount of risk that I see in recent years and the accompanying number of deaths. It is true that deaths at extreme comps and during filming are rare, but I still think that the increased risk taking during these venues pushes people to take bigger risks everywhere.  

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I though it was a interesting interview. I think the anchor guy makes an valid point. If you are the best in the world at what you do and are taking big risks you should make more. But it doesn't seem that Dana is motivated by money.



this is to the point of cash in the sporticon14.gif, which I think would be a good thing. 

Did we make the jump that Dana is the best in the world or did the interviewer say that? He really seems to just want to ski at this point.

A measurably, qualifiably best in the world freerider  could possibly gain superstar status with the American public, if he or she was American,  and actually make good money, but there is no such thing in the freeride competition sport at the moment, not recognized through the general ski spectator community (not just the hardcore fans sitting in the snow at the events, cheering on their friends, brothers, sisters)  so, no Wheaties box .

 

People in the sport rightfully scoff at gates and courses as not being free in spirit, but without them, the spectators cannot determine while watching live, what is going on and who is winning, which I think is a necessary element, but only if you want money to become more involved.

post #20 of 20

Wow, this is getting into some deep convorsation. I thought it was hillarious. the commentor in the gold tie had some good points. He gets to do what he loves the most every single day, so what if he doesnt make millions. Dont we all want a job we are excited to get up and go to every single day?

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