Good vibes abound at Extremes |

Good vibes abound at Extremes

Kelly WalterMasters divisionCrested Butte

This past week, I was interviewed by a reporter from your paper concerning the 2007 U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships in which I was entered. He seemed very conscientious, as I saw him repeatedly at different places on the venues throughout the three-day event. On the first day before any runs had taken place, he interviewed me at the base area at breakfast in the Gothic cafeteria. He asked me a question concerning “sh** talking” at the event. While I agreed I knew that took place, it was mainly by one competitor/friend of mine who told all the judges he was going to “show them skiing like they had never seen before” and was quickly eliminated at the qualifier on Sock-it-to-me Ridge.Most skiers just let their skiing speak for them. But it was something else that I witnessed during the three days that truly amazed me. Everyone cheered for everyone else: men for other men, women for other women, women for men, men for women and everyone for the juniors. Across the age/sex divisions, the stoke remained high for all the competitors to ski well and above all else stay safe. The camaraderie was both refreshing and surprising to me. Maybe it had something to do with especially difficult and thin snowpack conditions this year, but I understand this is the prevailing attitude according to some seasoned veterans of this event. I found this to be a unique and uplifting experience, atypical of any other sports competition I’ve been involved in. And this was the more profound occurrence to me than any “sh** talking” going on. Write to usThe Summit Daily News welcomes letters to the editor, preferably by e-mail to Past letters can be read at All letters must be submitted along with the author’s name, hometown and phone number. Also, comment on letters at

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