SKIING's interview with Jonny Moseley, one of North America's top 25 skiers. With a basic mute grab in Nagano, Jonny showed a new kind of skiing to the masses, became a poster boy, and scored a gold medal. Since then, he's segued from bumps to jibbing, taking second in big air at the '99 X Games and winning the 2000 U.S. Open's slopestyle comp.
Name: Jonny Moseley
Hometown/where you learned to ski: Squaw Valley, CA
Age when you started skiing: Four
When did it hit you that you could be a pro/competitive skier? "When I was 17 and received my first check from Rossi at the regional freestyle comps."
Current ski mountain: Squaw
Claim to fame/results: Paradise Cay Ping Pong Champion: "We have pretty good tournaments..."; U.S. Open Slopestyle champion 2000; X Games-2nd (Big Air), 1999; Gravity Games-2nd (Big Air).
What's next: World Cup mogul competitions: "I'm getting fired up for the Olympics. I've done enough freeriding and big air for the last couple years that I can put it aside for a little while."
Signature trick or event: "As we get closer, I want to start throwing dinner rolls, which are my own take on multiple-rotation flat spins. At this point, the judges would probably score it as a bad 720. They've kind of put out the word that they're open to new stuff. But I need to show them."
What's your favorite food? Beer
What's your beverage of choice? Wine
Are you religious? "Sprint PCS rules!" Editor's note: We have no idea what Jonny means by this, although Sprint PCS is one of his sponsors....
What kind of car do you drive? Chevy Tahoe four door -- "Rolling Thunder audio Apparently, another of Jonny's sponsorsrules!"
Do you have a ski hero? Who? Why? "I like Skogen (Sprang)'s style a lot. It's very calculated, which makes it very clean, balanced, and nice to watch."
Movies you've been in: TGR, The Realm, MSP Ski Movie, There's SAM, Breathe by Gaffney, Jonny's Degens, 13, and Warren Miller's Fifty.
Pastimes off the hill: Sailing, barbecues.
Plans for the future: Skiing, sailing, and barbecues.
How do you feel about the FIS/IFSA? "I don't know much about the IFSA, but the FIS is a sad story. It will be shame to see them go. For where the sport's going right now, you don't want those guys coming in. But I wouldn't be an Olympic champion if the FIS wasn't involved. The Olympic ski world and the real ski world are two totally different things."
Do you think fat skis are a game-improvement tool or a crutch? "Fat skis rule."
What's the biggest scare you've ever had on skis? "I took a good header in Alaska, once. I came out of a chute and didn't realize that there was a rock underneath it."
What are your thoughts on the state of the ski industry? "I'm having a supa good time."