Conventional: Olympic gold medalist; 1998 World Cup moguls champion; two-time World Cup overall champion; 17 individual World Cup wins; two-time U.S. moguls champion; three-time Junior Nationals champion
New School: First place at the 2000 U.S. Freeskiing Open slopestyle competition; third at the 2000 U.S. Freeskiing Open Big Air; silver at the 1999 Gravity Games Big Air.
In another life:
“I’d probably be a guy looking for a job right now. I’d probably be a dot-goner.”
“Going into this Olympics I’d say it’s three kids: Toby Dawson, Chris Hernandez, and Jeremy Bloom. All three of them are Americans. They want to win the Olympics and they’re young and they’re skilled. Even though they haven’t posted all the results one would expect from my closest competition, I feel that in general they have the skill it takes to win an Olympics.”
“I had shoulder surgery a couple years ago. I broke the front of my rotator cuff. Last year I had a bulging disk in my back. It was just a minor injury and probably made me work a little harder to get where I am now. My body is really healthy right now.”
“About 17. I got ’em cranked.”
In the zone:
“Being in the zone means you’re just on it. You’re there. You can do no wrong. You swing as hard as you can and it goes in. You’re not thinking about it, you just do it. Being in the zone means that everything just seems really easy.”
On his new tricks, the dinner roll 720 and dinner roll 900:
“The dinner roll is a cross between a flat spin and a rodeo. I do it with a few different grabs. What I’m trying to do with it now is put it into moguls. It’s really hard. With the big jumps you can actually carve off the end of the jump and you have a lot more time to do the trick. But in moguls you’re not only skiing in through moguls but you don’t get any love from the jump. The transition is really quick. The hard part for me is landing back in the line because I end up drifting a couple feet to the right. It’s kind of a high-consequence trick. It hurts a lot when I crash.”
On whether or not a dinner roll is an inverted maneuver:
“I had to get it approved by the FIS, so I had to show them that my feet don’t really go over my head. They accepted it, which is good. They said I can do it but that my feet can’t go over my head. That’s the stipulation. But since it looks like my feet go over my head, I’m going to get protested a million times. The other countries are going to protest it. Then we’ll see if the sport goes into progression or recession. If they put the kibosh on it, then it’s done. We’ll be back to 360 mute grabs and straight 720’s. It’ll be boring.”
People would be surprised to know.
“I don’t like muffins.”