“I’m too old for that.”
I heard it a lot this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Division Mogul Competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, parents and spectators looked on as folks waist-high to full-grown launched down the moguls of Mach 1 and gracefully flipped themselves off two kickers. All this on Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
As easy as some make it look, watching a few of the mogul runs did inspire thoughts of knee and back pain. Add the jumps and all sorts of possible outcomes flashed before the eyes.
Headed into this event in Breckenridge, Colorado with the task of helping mostly with fencing and materials, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I discovered was a talented bunch of skiers with a great attitude to boot.
As a very new skier, I’m constantly amazed by watching others. (And sometimes infuriated when those I’m watching are half my size and ten times my ability level … ) One of my favorite things about watching the mogul skiers this weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado was how well and how quickly they often recover.
It wasn’t an unusual sight for one of the mogul skiers to blow out of the course just 20 feet from the bottom jump, pause for less than a moment and throw a (to the uneducated eye) perfect back flip. If only I could recover from irritation, terrible news or a bad attitude so easily. I’ll never be too old to stop working on that.
For an excellent page on FIS mogul scoring and judging, check out FISwiki: http://wiki.fisski.com/index.php/Mogul_Judging_And_Scoring