Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.
SLEDNECKING FOR PEACE
While the ski industry was getting a late-night push from Tom Green, 26-year-old Gravity Games athlete Jay Quinlan, known by some as the Godfather of Freestyle Snowmobiling, was doing a back flip on New York’s West 53rd Street for the
Late Show with David Letterman
. Sample dialogue between Dave and Jay:
DL: Are (snowmobiles) loud and noisy?
JQ: Oh, no. They’re pretty quiet, actually.
DL: When you have them out in the wilderness, do they frighten the animals?
JQ: Oh, absolutely not. They’re peacemakers.
DL: I saw (Secretary of the Interior) Gale Norton riding on one of those things through Yellowstone a few weeks ago. What was that all about?
JQ: Uh, I don’t know. I wasn’t with her.