Had an awesome weekend opening up the new indoor trampoline park in the Presidio (House of Air). I was not going to bounce because I am coming off a badly sprained ankle but I could not resist. I bounced like a maniac. So much fun. Was sore in places I never knew. Been doing yoga nonstop ever since to get back in form. Here are pics of the place.
Took a ride on Jeff Ecklund’s Melges 32 (STAR) today while they prepare for Big boat series and World Championships. I was not the only Olympic medallist on board. Check out this crew I sailed with.
Nathan Wilmont, Gold 2008 Olympics 470
Espen Stokkeland bronze 2000 Olympics, Soling
Harry Melges multiple world championships in multiple classes, CEO Melges Performance boats
Emma Creighton Shorthanded/singlehanded racer about to embark on 2011 Mini Transat Campaign.
Jeff Ecklund Melges 32 National Champ
It was totally awesome. That boat rules. It was nuking by the afternoon so it was quite a ride. Enjoyed hanging in the back and shooting some pics and vid. I will attach some soon.
Thanks for the ride guys.
Did you see this about the North Korean’s and the world cup?
“Because so few North Koreans have the money or the permission to leave the country for the World Cup, the nation’s sports committee has recruited about 1,000 Chinese fans as surrogate cheerleaders, including actors and musicians, according to Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency.” full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/sports/soccer/02korea.html?pagewanted=2&th&emc=th
Up at CMH right now shooting a segment for Warren Miller. Been snowy so been skiing a lot of pow in the trees. This is a shot of Andy Mahre in front of the heli and the fire that our pilot Roger builds for us everyday during lunch. Yes, this place is awesome. Be here til Sunday then headed straight to Vancouver for the Olympics to commentate on Freestyle for NBC. Bummed that Daron Rahlves got hurt at X games. Have not heard the final prognosis.
I ran into the legendary Franz Klammer during the world cup at Beaver Creek. I love watching his Olympic run from 1976 in Innsbruck when he won the Olympics. Check out the ruts in the course and minimal fencing in the video below.
I always liked “Loveline” when it was on MTV. Dr. Drew was cool and provides a great service to people. It was very hard to try to be entertaining while dealing with peoples’ messed up situations. I learned a lot. I could ask Dr. Drew questions all day. He skis so we will get him out there one of these days. Here is a link to a small clip of us on the show: Loveline
My favorite paper, the Wall Street Journal, interviewed me for an article on Shaun White. I guess he had mentioned my 02 “Dinner Roll” performance when talking about his plans to unveil new tricks in Vancouver at the Olympics. Most of what I have to say about the subject is in the video which I embedded. The written part is very brief and my quote is little out of context. Of course, I do have some moments of bitterness when thinking back on my 4th place result but I don’t mean to disparage my competitors. In general, my performance there has been a highlight in some ways equal in satisfaction to my gold in 98, X silver in 99 etc. although it has taken me awhile to realize that. It has been a great part of my whole career. I love hearing people recounting the 02 games. There was no hesitation for me. Had I known ahead of time that I would not be able to win, I can’t say that I would have done the same thing but I felt strongly about presenting the myself and the sport in its most advanced stage on the worlds biggest stage, the Olympics. I am flattered that my performance pops into Shaun’s sphere when he is thinking about his strategy, even if it is as a “don’t.” I remember what I did as do others and my performance contributed to the evolution of a sport that I love. In the end, I was true to the spirit of Freestyle competition and I can live with that.