Canadian aerialist Steve Omischl has announced he will be hanging up his skis, as he plans to teach a new generation of aerialists with hopes of getting them hooked on the sport.
Omischl has jumped at the idea of starting a Canadian Freestyle Ski Association development aerials program for young athletes in Whistler, B.C.
Steve Omischl has had a remarkable career. He earned four FIS crystal globes in aerials, two FIS freestyle overall championships, four World Championships medals, including a first place in 2005, and 40 FIS World Cup medals.
“I want to have fun for the rest of my life,” he said, adding that the pain of his performance in Vancouver is still fresh, but that it is tempered by his memories of his preparation for the Games.
“This sport has given me everything and it would be a shame for me to walk away. It would be selfish and dumb. It’s time to help the next group of kids.”
“The challenge at Whistler is that there are so many divergent opportunities. My job is to make aerials fun, cool and interesting enough to get them hooked.”