Breck’s Bachelor hits MTV again
Ryan Summerlin January 14, 2010
Jesse Csincsak, made famous by “The Bachelor,” is still making the television rounds – and this time, he’s taking his buddies with him.
Csincsak and Breckenridge locals Jonathan Hershberger, Rob Catalano and Jeff Meyer are in Wisconsin, about 45 minutes outside of Milwaukee, helping a 17-year-old girl named Ashley live the snowboarding life.
Csincsak first helped a teen on MTV’s “MADE” become a snowboarder on a show that aired in mid-February, 2008. Breckenridge Ski Resort ski school recommended him for the show, and at first MTV wanted a female coach, but two months later, they chose Csincsak. He had 16 days on the snow with her, spread over six weekends; this year, he can’t disclose the amount of time he has with Ashley, but Hershberger alluded to taking a month off of work.
The team works with Ashley morning and night; this week, Catalano trained her in the gym beginning at 5 a.m., then the coaches went to school with her and hung out, looking for kids who were passionate about snowboarding. After school, they went over to Highlands of Olympia to ride at night.
Hershberger taught Csincsak how to ride, so he’s the perfect coach for Ashley, who has failed to learn how to snowboard, despite her dad’s, friend’s and boyfriend’s best attempts. Meyer will act as Ashley’s lifestyle coach, teaching her how to walk, talk and wear the snowboarder ways. As Hershberger describes it, they’re teaching her how to dress, how to carry herself, and how to not take things too seriously but still value what’s important.
“Snowboarding … is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle,” Csincsak said, adding that he doesn’t stay in touch with high school friends, but the people he’s met in the sport of snowboarding have remained in his life.
Ashley moved to Wisconsin from California a couple years ago, and she’s having trouble feeling accepted; kids can’t relate to her bright-colored, high-fashion sense, Csincsak said, so the crew is helping her build her character and self-confidence. Their biggest challenge, according to Csincsak, is making sure Ashley has the physical and mental preparation, not only to make it down the mountain, but also to stand up to kids’ teasing.
“Between the four of us, there’s no way she’s not going to be an amazing shredder,” Csincsak said.
In terms of the coaches’ biggest challenges, it’s simple: adjusting to the flat lands of Wisconsin and “training somebody on a trash dump,” Hershberger said, joking that Breckenridge Ski Area’s halfpipe is longer than the runs at Olympia.
But, they’re doing the show because they believe in the premise of “MADE”: helping people achieve their dreams.
This is the first time MTV’s “MADE” features four coaches – all of whom have greater control over how to coach the teen than ever before. The show will air in late February or early March.
Csincsak will also appear on “Beyond the Medal,” a lifestyle and entertainment show that will be available online and possibly be broadcast. Csincsak and his press manager Paul Colford are currently unable to provide further details.