Although the game of freeriding or freeskiing — which implies snowboarding or snowboarding on ungroomed, normally off-piste terrain with out a set course — shouldn’t be at the moment included within the Winter Olympics, Kai has different pursuits and choices, like school movie examine packages.
Todd Jones joked that every little thing his son had executed to date is likely to be simply a ploy “to build a really rad college résumé.” Todd added: “He does need a backup plan. You can’t be a pro skier forever.”
Kai stated he had no set targets for the distant future. In one breath, he stated he might stop snowboarding in three years whether it is not enjoyable. An instantaneous later, he advised that he needed to be ranked with the legends of the game, like Tanner Hall, an American who as a 17-year-old received a freestyle snowboarding gold medal at the 2001 Winter X Games after which received six extra golds by 2008. Simultaneously, Hall started a celebrated movie and endorsement profession.
Reached in his native Montana final week, Hall, now 37, stated he knew all about Kai Jones’s exploits, which he known as “refreshing,” whilst he questioned if there is likely to be rather more strain on his youthful successors.
“With all the social media and how many eyes you’ve got on you, it’s going to be a whole lot harder,” Hall stated. “Our technology was extra of a social gathering technology, and you may’t try this anymore. I’d win a competitors after which spend 10 p.c of my earnings on drinks that night time.
“I used to be the child who stated snowboarding wasn’t a enterprise,’’ he added. “Well, you already know what? It is, however you must be a good position mannequin and good to your self and good to different individuals. With the group that Kai has behind him, he has the higher hand. He simply has to remain centered.”
On a current stroll by the busy village at Jackson Hole, the place the gaggle of A-listers can embrace the Kardashians and Justin Bieber, Kai Jones was repeatedly stopped by kids roughly half his age who needed to pose for footage with him. Others needed him to signal their ski helmets, whereas their moms and dads waited for selfies as effectively, though they’d tower over the picture’s centerpiece.