Inside the Gravity Games
An Athlete-Gathering for an Expression-Session
As a professional athlete in what is a relatively small sport, you get used to fending for yourself and being pretty independent. So when the Gravity Games laid out one of the coolest, most low-key events ever seen in skiing, the athletes were stoked.
All last week in Mammoth, CA the NBC people and the MSI crew (the event organizers for the Gravity Games) supported and respected us as professional athletes in a way that no other event organizers have done in the past. We athletes were treated to a massive athlete lounge, complete with pool table, foosball, pinball, large screen TV, and unlimited food for breakfast and lunch. We got credentials that got us inside the corral of every event. There were rocking parties every night. But most of all, they made the event feel more like an "athlete-gathering for an expression-session" rather than some "over-hyped made-for-TV extravaganza."
One of the coolest things the Gravity Games did for the athletes was provide massage therapists and chiropractors free of charge, all week. It is amazing how much these contests wreak havoc on your body. Having masseuses, and in my case, chiropractors, tweak and soothe your body back into its proper anatomical position, both before and after competing, is an amazing thing. I threw my low back/pelvis out of whack a week ago in Whistler when I aired a 35 footer and landed on a rock with my sit bone. I have been in to see the chiro twice a day and I have been amazed by the number of athletes circulating through that place.
I'm cruising up to get rubbed and cracked one more time before I head out of here in the Suburban for Snowbird and the US Freeskiing Nationals.
Dave Swanwick, MountainZone.com Correspondent
Editor's Note: The Gravity Games will air on NBC in February. Check your local listing for times and dates.