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5 Lessons from the 2012 Teva Mountain Games

Reflections on summer sports we love, but don’t entirely understand.

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Let’s be clear. We know skiing. It’s why we run a magazine dedicated to skiing. We like other sports too, but by no means can we claim to experts in…

Let’s be clear. We know skiing. It’s why we run a magazine dedicated to skiing. We like other sports too, but by no means can we claim to experts in those sports. So when we got the invite to attend the Summer Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, we tried to take it all in and learn from the incredibly talented athletes of the unfamiliar mountain sports. Here’s what we gleaned from last weekend’s Teva Mountain Games.

Lesson 1: Everyone loves to watch dogs jump nearly 30 feet off a dock. Lots of dogs love to huck themselves nearly 30 feet off a dock. It is a perfectly symbiotic and entertaining relationship.

Sometimes the most inspiring athletes aren’t professional. The Teva Games has events for amateurs and pros both young and old. Watching Owen charge…

Sometimes the most inspiring athletes aren’t professional. The Teva Games has events for amateurs and pros both young and old. Watching Owen charge on his tiny single-speed toward the finish line of the kid’s x-country bike race was one of the highlights of the weekend. Killin’ it.

The pro athletes came to put on a show. Despite the low flows of Gore Creek, the freestyle kayakers didn’t hold back. Lesson 3.5: Kayaks make an…

The pro athletes came to put on a show. Despite the low flows of Gore Creek, the freestyle kayakers didn’t hold back.

Lesson 3.5: Kayaks make an incredibly dull and hollow sound when they smoke a massive boulder.

Tight pink pants drastically increase a rider’s speed and stamina in the freeride dual event.

Tight pink pants drastically increase a rider’s speed and stamina in the freeride dual event.

Slacklining is not the hippy leisure activity we remember from college. Much to the crowd’s excitement, the pros in the slackline comp threw huge…

Slacklining is not the hippy leisure activity we remember from college. Much to the crowd’s excitement, the pros in the slackline comp threw huge backflips and multi-rotation spins while they balanced on a thin strip of climber’s webbing. Andy Lewis of Madonna’s-Super-Bowl-halftime-show fame went especially huge. It was bananas.

The Teva Games has become a must-see event in the Vail Valley. If you missed summer installment, keep your eyes peeled for winter games in February. For more information, check out the TMG website.