Captain Brent Whipple is Athlete of the Week

Here is what Brent Whipple had to say and we had a chance to catch up with what he's been doing in the off season:

Who influences you and why?
I would say Henrik Harlaut has influenced me the most. Not only is he one of the best park skiers of all time, but he also has an amazing attitude and always has a smile on his face. You can tell how much fun he is having when you watch him ski, which is truly awesome.

What got you to start skiing?
I’ve loved the fun and adrenaline rush action sports provide as long as I can remember. When I was around eight years old my parents took me skiing for the first time. As I grew I skied more and more and it soon became my passion.

What have you been doing in the off season?
I was lucky enough to spend a week up in Mt. Hood, Oregon, in June to do some skiing on the glacier. After having some down time in New York for some of the summer I have been up in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, training at the dryslope – bagjump facility. Training with the coaches and athletes up here has allowed me to progress more than I thought was possible during the off season, and now I’m stoked to have some new tricks to bring to snow for this season.

Have you had to overcome any challenges that made skiing an obstacle at times? (i.e. injuries, support)
I have definitely had to overcome some injuries from skiing. During the 2011/2012 season I broke my leg at a slopestyle competition at Northstar. I fractured the growth plate in my tibia, which put me out for the rest of the season and physical therapy lasted well through the summer. I also broke my shoulder this past season, but I bought some body armor and continued to ski and compete. I ended up having a successful and progressive year, and I’m stoked to be entirely healthy going into this season.

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