A super-rich groomer in the U.S. is selling his ski racing skills for $20,000 and taking a gamble on a world-class mountain bike racer.
A top snowboarder who has won the coveted ‘Super Cup’ at the world’s top ski resorts is riding the same bike that he won the title on at the World Cup of Snowboarding in South Africa earlier this year.
The groomer, who calls himself The Great One, is selling the skills on a website for $3,000.
He said he plans to race at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“I’m in love with skiing and I want to go skiing,” the groomer said.
I’m not a pro skier.
This is my dream and I’m just happy to be here.
“The groom, who also trains at a training centre in Utah, plans to compete in the Winter Olympics and win the title.”
I want to represent my country.
I want the world to see what I’m doing.
It’s like I’m riding a super-car. “
I want people to know that this is a sport I can really go to.
It’s like I’m riding a super-car.
That’s what I want.”
The Great One has raced in ski racing since he was 17 years old.
At the World’s Top Skiing in South Australia in October, he won a Super Cup and placed second overall.
He is one of a growing number of wealthy groomers offering to share their skills for a few hundred dollars.
The groom also said he has already secured a sponsor and is looking for a new one to make the deal happen.
“That’s the best part about this deal is that I’m going to be able to go to the Olympics and compete,” he added.
“And then we can make this a lot bigger than what it is right now.”
The Great Ones dream of winning the title is something he said is possible, if not impossible, to achieve.
“It’s a dream come true,” he told the CBC.
“To be in the position where I am right now, that I can get the money to buy a ski car and ride it.”
If I did that I would be doing something really crazy.
“He’s also been approached by a number of snowboarders from around the world who are interested in racing.”
There are a lot of people out there who want to race,” he says.”
But I’ve always had my own goals in life.
“The only way I can do it is to get to the top and be one of the top riders in the world.”
Ahead of the Winter Olympic Games, groomer ‘The Great’ is racing in the inaugural Snowboard World Cup, the world championships for mountain bikes, and he said he is confident he will be the best on the hill.
“My goal is to win the championship,” he laughed.