Jonny Moseley has amassed an impressive list of titles and medals as a skier, but it is his ability to bring a crowd to its feet that defines his career. In his quest to deliver the ultimate performance, Jonny has combined the discipline required of an Olympic athlete, the ability to thrill required of a X-Games athlete and the creativity and imagination required of a free-skier. Jonny’s versatility has not only brought him success on the scoreboard, but has made him an innovative force in the skiing world.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1975, Jonny hit snow for the first time when his family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978. He had early success in skiing and the people around him took notice; people were mentioning the words ‘Olympics’ and ‘Jonny’ in the same breath before he had reached middle school.
In 1993 he was selected to the US Ski Team and after narrowly missing a spot on the 1994 Olympic team, Jonny began preparing himself for the 1998 Olympic Games reciting the mantra “I don’t just want to go, I want to win”. In 1997 Jonny put school on hold and became a full time skier for the first time in his life. He won the first two World Cup events of the 1997/1998 season, and secured a spot on the US Olympic team. Jonny arrived in Nagano, Japan in February of 1998 and one week later he won the first American gold medal of the Games with what had become his signature move, the 360 mute-grab.
Jonny threw himself into celebrating with the same intensity he dedicated to training, but not before returning to the World Cup, winning the last two events of the season and securing the 1998 World Cup mogul skiing title as well as the US National title with nine wins on the season. Jonny reached the apex of mogul skiing and he was rewarded. The U.S. Olympic Committee honored him by naming him Sportsman of the Year, Rolling Stone magazine named him to their Sports Hall of Fame and Cindy Crawford posed with him for the cover of Freeskier magazine.
After his Olympic win, Jonny looked beyond the World Cup circuit to round out his skills as a skier. He challenged the International Skiing Federation (FIS) to allow their athletes to compete in professional events and entered ESPN’s X-Games taking second place with his newly developed trick, the Dinner Roll. FIS and the US Ski Team acquiesced and today it is considered standard for athletes to compete in both pro and amateur events throughout their careers. Jonny spent the next three years competing in pro events, filming segments for ski movies and honing his understanding of the ‘business’ of skiing. He trademarked the Jonny Moseley SKI logo, co-branded product lines with several of his sponsors, developed a video game and hosted “Snow Zone with Jonny Mosley” for Fox Sports Net.
When Jonny decided to try to return to the Olympics in 2002, he went up against the FIS for a second time. He lobbied them to allow him to perform his Dinner Roll in the moguls. The FIS voted by a tally of 3-2 to allow the Dinner Roll in World Cup competition but Jonny was having difficulty with the execution and the judges were not responding to the innovativeness of the trick. As the Olympics in Salt Lake City approached, the Dinner Roll finally clicked for Jonny in the moguls. Jonny made the personal and pivotal decision that it was more important to represent the US, his sport, and himself with his own style than to repeat the tried and tested tricks. In his second appearance in the Olympics, he executed a perfect Dinner Roll in the semi-finals and another in the finals. Jonny thrilled the crowd and the judges awarded him fourth place.
Jonny did not take home a medal from Salt Lake but being true to his style brought him honors of another kind. Later that year he hosted Saturday Night Live, delivered the commencement address at University of California at Berkeley, was declared one of People magazine’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors and hosted a series for MTV. He also watched his sport evolve as the FIS legalized inverted tricks in the moguls. Today, it would be unlikely to find someone on the podium in world-class mogul competition that wasn’t executing a version of the Dinner Roll.
After retirement from competition, Jonny set about fulfilling some of his other aspirations. In 2005, Jonny brought 200 tons of snow and 20 of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders to Fillmore St. in San Francisco and held an urban big air competition in the middle of his hometown. In 2006, Jonny achieved another of his goals and graduated from UC Berkeley. In 2007, he was inducted into the US National Ski Hall of Fame and became the narrator of the Warren Miller films. Today he lives in Tiburon CA with his wife and two young sons. He does a variety of TV work including providing the color commentary for the six freestyle skiing events at the Vancouver Olympics and hosting shows on MTV, NBC, and Outside TV. He is proud to act as a spokesperson for Sprint, Squaw Valley, House of Air, Lifttickets.com and Zozi.
Birthdate: August 27, 1975
Birthplace: Puerto Rico
Hometown: Squaw Valley/Tiburon, CA
Current Sponsors: Sprint, Squaw Valley USA
Tidbits: Besides being the only skier to have won medals in the X Games and the Olympics (Gold and Silver) Jonny is also an avid sailor, surfer and golfer. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
SKIING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2008-2012 Narrates and Skis in Warren Miller Films
2007 Inducted into Ski Hall of Fame
2005 Hosts first ever urban big-air contest on the streets of San Francisco – ICER AIR
2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games – 4th Place
2000 U.S. Open Champion in Slopestyle
1999 X Games Big Air silver medalist
1998 Olympics Gold Medal, moguls
1998 World Cup moguls champion
1998 U.S. moguls champion
1996 and 1995 World Cup Overall and Combined Freestyle Champion
28 World Cup top-2’s including 17 wins
15 U.S. Championship top-10s
2008-2012: Narrates and skis in Warren Miller Films
2007: Inducted into U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Narrates Warren Miller’s “PlayGround”
2006: Graduates from UC Berkeley
2005 Hosts first ever Urban Big-Air contest on the streets of San Francisco – ICER AIR
Jonny wins World Cup in France to secure spot on US Olympic Team.
Jonny wows the crowd with his signature “dinner roll” and the judges stump the spectators with his 4th place result at the 2002 Olympic Games.
Jonny hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live immediately following the Olympics.
Jonny, age 26, delivers commencement address at University of California at Berkeley.
Jonny is selected one of People magazine’s “Fifty Most Eligible Bachelors”
Jonny co-hosts Radio Alice’s the Sarah and Vinnie show. San Francisco’s #1 morning radio show.
Jonny hosts MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Battle of the Sexes and the Gauntlet series.
Jonny goes back to school at The University of California at Berkeley.
Jonny takes second place at Sunday River, Maine, World Cup Olympic qualifier to regain spot on the US Ski Team.
Jonny begins integration of the “dinner roll” trick into the moguls competition arena and is told the trick is illegal.
Jonny Moseley lobbies the FIS and argues that his innovative trick the “dinner roll” is not illegal.
FIS agrees and allows Jonny to perform his one of a kind “dinner roll” trick in competition.
Jonny Moseley appears on Kellogg’s Raisin Bran and Honey Crunch Corn Flakes boxes.
Video game makers 3DO release Jonny Moseley Mad Trix Video Game.
National print ad campaign with PowerBar appears in multiple international publications including Time Magazine.
Jonny appears on covers of Freeskier (for the second time) and Freeze magazine at the same time.
Sprint uses Jonny in comical national TV ad campaign.
Jonny displays his mastery of all types of skiing by winning the US Freeskiing Open, slope style event in Vail, Colorado.
Jonny Moseley lands with only one ski into 2nd place at the inaugural NBC Gravity Games.
Jonny competes and wins in the second annual Jonny Moseley Invitational, at his home mountain Squaw Valley.
Jonny films and stars in Matchstick Production’s, Ski Movie.
Jonny takes the cover of Men’s Journal.
Jonny sets his sights on the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games, rekindles his feverish training schedule, all while continuing his corporate and skiing relationships.
Jonny challenges the International Skiing Federation (FIS) and US Ski Team to open up their policy regarding allowing their athletes to compete in professional events by entering ESPN’s X-Games and taking 2nd place with his newly developed trick “The Dinner Roll.” (The ability to bounce between pro and amateur events is now standard)
Wins professional mogul tour, Sprint Bumps and Jumps. Begins multi-year commercial endorsement with Sprint.
Trademarks Jonny Moseley SKI Logo and co-brands and develops new line of snow skis with Head Sports International.
Jonny begins relationship with Phenix ski clothing, representing and launching their brand into the “new school” of Freeskiing
Jonny forges relationship with Bolle, develops signature series goggle and pushes Bolle into the new school skiing realm.
Jonny conceptualizes and forges relationship with International Marketing Group (IMG) and NBC to create Jonny Moseley Invitational, a new style event featuring the world’s best skiers competing in Big Air/Slope Style and Skiercross. The event is aired on NBC.
Jonny launches jonnymoseley.com and sells products with his logo on them.
Jonny crosses over and proves his versatility further by skiing dangerous peaks in Alaska’s Chugach Mountain Range for Teton Gravity Research’s movie, The Realm.
Jonny Moseley stars in Warren Miller’s epic fiftieth anniversary movie, Fifty.
Hosts TV show “Snow Zone” on Fox Sports Net.
After a breakthrough summer, Jonny wins the first 2 World Cup events of the year, securing a spot on the US Olympic team.
Wins Olympic Gold medal in Nagano, Japan with his signature 360° Mute Grab.
After a comic appearance on Dave Letterman, Jonny returns home to Tiburon, to a 10,000-person parade and Mayor Willie Brown declares “Jonny Moseley Day” in San Francisco, giving him the key to the city.
Jonny continues celebration with another appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, where he performs his 360 Mute Grab on 52nd Street, behind the Ed Sullivan Theater. The show went on to win a Late Night Emmy.
Jonny returns to the World Cup to win the last two events and secure the 1998 World Cup Mogul Skiing title with nine wins on the season. Jonny goes on to win the US National Title as well.
Chevrolet signs jonny to a three-year National Chevrolet ad Campaign
Jonny lands on cover of Outside magazine
Jonny is pictured in Rolling Stone magazine’s sports hall of fame.
Jonny stars in McDonalds TV ad.
Appears on cover of Freeskier Magazine with Cindy Crawford
Jonny is awarded the esteemed title Sportsman of the Year by the US Olympic Committee.
Jonny has a marginal year for results.
Begins working with K2 Skis, starts work on 360° Mute Grab.
Begins ski movie career with Warren Miller’s Snow Riders and Scott Gaffney’s Breathe.
Jonny moves in with coach, Cooper Schell.
Wins first world cup mogul event of career, but loses 1996 World cup mogul title to 1994 Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist, Jean Luc Brassard, at last event.
While in school in UC Davis, he hires physical trainer and begins training for 1998 Olympics reciting the mantra, “I don’t just want to go…I want to win.” (based on the poor performance of the Americans at the 1994 Olympics in freestyle)
Jonny has opportunity to qualify for 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway but falls short, breaks ski poles around tree and returns home pissed off.
Jonny graduates from high school and is selected to the US Ski Team.
At the age of 15, Jonny Moseley wins first Junior National title in Freestyle skiing and launches amateur career with sponsorship from Rossignol skis
Jonny competes in his first Freestyle Junior Nationals.
Jonny gives up his summers and weekends to train. While his classmates are playing with G.I. Joe and Barbie, he spends over 100 days a year on snow and countless others training with coaches, doing gymnastics, ballet, indoor carpet skiing, and keeping up with his school work.
Jonny joins the Squaw Valley Freestyle Ski Team.
Jonny’s first ski-race, he takes first and beats his two older brothers. He’s hooked on skiing and winning.
Jonny first hits the snow
Jonathan Moseley born in San Juan, Puerto Rico