Steve Omischl navigates through fog and snow at Cypress Mountain to win Sunday's World Cup aerials event. (Jonathan Hayward/ Canadian Press)
Steve Omischl won his fourth World Cup in Freestyle at the inaugural event at Cypress Mountain February 10, 2008.
I may be old, but I'm way too young to be washed up just yet. @ 29 I'm about to torture my back and knees with my 8th season as a world cup aerialist. I remember when my body cooperated with me and physio was an appointment made by and for the weak. Those were the days I tell you.... oh those were the days. And if I ever forget my constant aging the "kids" on the jump 2010 team are right there to remind me.
I used to tell my friends that aerials was pretty safe and injuries weren't that common. I know what your thinking and yes, I was wrong and maybe a bit crazy. From my perspective it was more that I didn't think about the consequences of my actions. This "blinders on" attitude is what probably led me to winning 2 world cup overall titles and the 2005 world championships. I think the expression "young and dumb" comes to mind. It never crossed my mind that I could get hurt ~ that just happened to other people.