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Glen Plake, the most recognizable skier ever, is still punk. Despite the fame, his perspective on skiing is still humble, interesting, refreshing, and honest. On this episode of Powder Radio’s “Sponsored” podcast, the first in a three-part series with Plake, he tells host Mike Powell about the influence of the hot-dogging era, and the loss it represented to skiing when an over-litigious society destroyed it.
“All the innocence and freewheeling spirit of skiing was basically ripped out from it… and it basically goes into this stagnant, awful world or interpretation, unfortunately, we’re still in,” says Plake. “We chipped at the foundation but haven’t made a big difference.”
Plake also recognizes the influence of that era, especially Bobbie Burns. He thinks nothing happening today is as original.
“I have a hard time thinking that I started anything. I was just another link in the chain,” says Plake. “I really don’t think anything Tanner did was revolutionary, I don’t think anything going on today is revolutionary at all, it’s simply an extension of the hot-dogging era.”
Listen to the full podcast below.
“Sponsored” is a weekly show that goes deep into the lives and stories of professional skiers. For more Powder Radio, check out “The Storytellers,” the stories behind the stories, and “Nausicaa Cast,” featuring skiing’s female leaders, including episode one with Ingrid Backstrom.
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