If teen heartthrob and Winter X Games 14 double gold medalist Bobby Brown has a skiing flaw, perhaps it has little to do with anything related to his actual skiing. The always polite, and possibly too courteous Brown has decided to withdraw his name from the field of 41 skiers vying for one of the three coveted ‘Team Newschoolers’ spots at the upcoming 2010 Jon Olsson Super Session (JOSS) happening this April in Are, Sweden. The voluntary move comes after recent controversy over Brown’s entry to the contest.
Since his dizzying wins at Winter X Games this past January, Brown had been emphatically supported by Mr. Olsson himself for a spot at JOSS on Team Newschoolers. Olsson had taken to endorsing Brown via Newschoolers message board posts, his personal blog, and even had his personal filmer compile clips for Bobby’s video entry for the Team Newschoolers contest.
The ski world had shown mixed reactions to this recent campaigning by Olsson, and argued he should simply add Brown to a different team, or create an entirely new team to meet the obvious need to ensure JOSS features the aerial prowess of Mr. Brown.
Unfortunately, Olsson claims that the logistics of adding another team at this point in the game is an impossibility. For Bobby to earn a spot in the multi-week ski video contest, the Breckenridge local would have to qualify via the popular ski website and its contest.
Since Olsson had already at least guaranteed Brown the chance to head to Sweden for the event, but not necessarily compete in the JOSS contest, some voters felt it was unfair for Brown to be voted onto Team Newschoolers, and seemingly waste a spot.
Brown ultimately decided to let another skier earn some much-needed exposure. However, look for Bobby to still compete in the Jon Olsson Invitational big air contest, and most likely with a massive chip on his shoulder given the initial team snub by Olsson, and the backlash of the Newschoolers community.