Bruce Perry Jr.: Skiing with passion
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Every so often, an athlete comes along that does things no one has ever done before, and does it earlier than anyone expects. The next one might be living in Dillon.
Bruce Perry Jr. is only 9, but is already compared to Jeremy Bloom, the former University of Colorado football player that tore up the World Cup moguls tour last ski season.
Perry is a moguls skier, too. His dad, Bruce Perry Sr., was a long-time competitive moguls skier. Perry Sr. put skis on his son’s feet at 2, and was teaching him the nuances of flying through the bumps when Perry Jr. was only 4.
“I don’t remember it, but I’ve got a lot of pictures of it,” Perry Jr. said of his first skiing experiences.
Some might think Perry Jr. is being pushed into skiing moguls, a part of the mountain most do their best to avoid. But Perry Sr. said it was his son who initially showed interest.
“He looked at my old photos and awards from 18 years of competing,” Perry Sr. said. “I took him to a pro mogul event when he was 4, and he said, I want to do this.”
The young Perry likes to ski all over the mountain. When he’s not training with Team Summit, a local ski club, four days a week, he likes to go through the park, find deep powder in the trees and drop into the back bowls. But when asked where he likes to ski the most, his answer is short and sweet.
“Moguls are the best,” he said.
The young skier’s passion is paying off. Last winter at the Sports Illustrated for Kids NextSnow SEARCH, Perry Jr. had the highest moguls score out of 156 competitors aged 9-13.
After retiring from professional mogul skiing, Perry Sr. turned to moguls judging. One of the young skiers drawing attention was a 10-year-old Bloom. Perry Sr. said the similarities between Bloom and his son are obvious.
“There are a lot of comparisons,” Perry Sr. said. “A lot of the coaches and former competitors that competed with (Bloom) are all saying he looks like a mini Jeremy.”
Perry Jr. said seeing his buddy Bloom travel all over the world winning World Cup events makes his own goals seem attainable.
“(Bloom) always has confidence,” Perry Jr. said. “I want to do that, but it’s gonna be hard to keep that much money.”
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