Aside from Bob Costas, CBS, USA Today, and NPR, Vice Media - the hipster youth's favorite new version of news, with first-hand crass reporting from cannibal warlords in Africa to Youporn interns to visiting a Mormon temple on acid - has been the most interesting 'conglomerate' to enter the park skiing coverage fold (it pains me to call it freeskiiing). The documentary they just put out, called "FREE," was put together in part with the efforts and guidance of my counterpart over at Powder Magazine, Mike Rogge.
The 44 minute documentary covers several of the US team's slopestyle and halfpipe athletes, and covers some of the behind the scenes tension and frustrations for guys like Tom Wallisch, who in one scene pains to put together a performance at the Dew Tour slope finals due to a knee injury suffered during summer training in New Zealand, and watches newcomer Nick Goepper stomp a flawless run for the win. Unfortunately, skiing and its teen stars and supportive parents don't lend themselves to the kind of shock value Vice thrives on, with no secret cannibals, payoffs, or child slaves on the comp circuit, but it still provides an interesting watch. What are your thoughts?
And if you're still hankering for some Sochi-related controversy, be sure to check out Vice's video guide to Sochi corruption!