As a long-time skier, I think it’s important to look back at the past every once in a while and become a student of the sport. I believe all skiers should take the time to learn about some of the “founding fathers,” equipment progression, changes in styles, and the pivotal moments. However, sometimes people need to take a more light-hearted approach when digging through the vault of skiing.
On that note, I bring to you the first weekly installment of “Throwback Fridays” where I will dig up some history for you readers out there and enlighten your general skiing knowledge. This won’t focus on any one particular aspect of skiing, but will try to reach out to the field of skiers in general.
One of the most bizarre moments to ever occur on the actual skiing side of things took place a few years ago at the Jon Olson Invitational (the precursor to the Jon Olson Super Sessions). Pep Fujas was preparing a switch 540 on the massive kicker in Are, Sweden, and somehow lost control of his originally intended trick shortly after take-off. What happened next remains a mystery to this day as Fujas seemingly tells gravity off by changing spin directions, mid-air.