Sponsored is a weekly show hosted by Mike Powell that goes deep into the lives and stories of professional skiers. Each show will include an interview with a different skier, and discuss how they moved up the ranks from amateur to professional, and where
they are now. Throughout these conversations, we'll find out the obstacles these skiers had to overcome, the experiences that defined their careers, the injuries, and regrets.
About Mike Powell: I’ve spent my career in action sports athlete management and worked with the best skiers in the world during a 16 year career at K2 Skis. I’ve also MC’d events around the world for K2, Redbull, and POWDER.
Sponsored, Episode 34: Rory Silva
On this week's episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, the last of season one, host Mike Powell interviews Rory Silva. If you've been regularly listening to "Sponsored," Silva's name is one that has frequently come up. He was among the top echelon of skiers before a lack of business skills caught up with him. The type 1 diabetic and Mammoth native is now living in Southern Oregon, where he was fulfilling DUI obligations.
2:30: The trials and tribulations of getting a DUI
5:45: Health choices and Diabetes
7:30: Growing up and having Plake around
11:00: Rory and school
12:30: Getting sponsored, how does that happen?
15:00: Superpark, being a professional skier, and movie parts
24:00: The end of making money in skiing for Rory and what is he up to now?
27:50: Deadabetic ski edits
Sponsored, Episode 33: Marc-Andre Belliveau
On this week's episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, host Mike Powell interviews French Canadian Marc-Andre Belliveau. In 2006, Belliveau was one of the top skiers in the world. He was featured regularly in Teton Gravity Research films for his progressive style. His sister, too, was an Olympic hopeful. One day they were skiing together and she broke her back.
"I felt really responsible for my sister when she got hurt," he says. "I remember the phone call to my dad to tell him that she was all f****d up. And his reaction was feeling that I was responsible for her accident because we were doing crazy shit. I got really bummed out. I started to feel really shaky about skiing. I actually thought I wasn't going to ski anymore. But she was the first one telling me, 'Yeah, it was bad luck. You don't want to quit skiing just because I got hurt."
Belliveau continued skiing. Then, in 2006, he lost his way on the last day of a trip while filming for TGR and broke his T12 vertebra. He has been paralyzed since.
"I felt ashamed that I kept going skiing," he says. "It's a dangerous sport. You feel selfish. The things you do can hurt other people. When I got hurt, it really hurt my friends, my parents, and yeah, the word that comes to mind is just being selfish."
After Belliveau's injury, a number of high-profile skiers died while skiing, including 10 people that he knew. Belliveau says he has always had a hard time making the right choice.
"I'm not bummed out that I chose skiing as a way of life. But I'm very bummed that I skied that run," say Belliveau, who recently gave up drinking and smoking. "I've had a hard time... I've been struggling a lot the last ten years."
Sponsored, Episode 32: Mike Hattrup
Mike Hattrup Show Notes
1:30: What is Hatt up to and how has his season been
2:45: Getting a knee replacement
3:40: Growing up Hattrup, sports and getting into skiing
8:00: Filming with Stump and making the US Ski Team
10:00: Blowing his knee for the first time
13:00: Blizzard of Ahhs
15:30: Plake’s legal problems
18:00: How did the movie change his life
20:00: Working in house at K2
22:00: Developing skis and working with Shane McConkey
27:00: Questions from Stump
Sponsored, Episode 30: Matt Margetts
On this episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, Canadian Olympian Matt Margetts joins host Mike Powell. After years pursuing halfpipe competitions, Margetts has joined childhood friends including Riley Leboe, Joe Schuster, and Mike Henitiuk in filming "Seeking Nirvana." The award winning video series—last year it won Best Editing at the 2016 Powder Awards—is a whimsical tribute to creative filming and fun, stylish powder skiing.
Transitioning from the stunt ditch to fields of powder has been welcome change to Margetts, who often had a hard time meeting his own expectations in the finals of big events.
"I have an issue with things not working out or not going my way," he says. "If it's something as simple as not doing a run that I wanted to do that I know I can do or falling when I know that I can land I just snap and get super bummed on myself. I was one of those guys that could pull it off in practice or pull it off in qualifiers and then try and go balls to the wall in finals and shit would hit the fan. I couldn't quite figure it out... that was the hard part about it. I worked with a few different people and just couldn't get the answers I was looking for. I couldn't get a solution."
For Margetts though, as his career turns away from competition and back toward where it started, nothing beats skiing powder with his friends—even if there is less money in it.
"My whole ski career, if you can call it that, has been on the dirt bag side of things, trying to slum it to make ends meet here and there so I can keep doing it, but I love it, and I want to be able to continue to do it for as long as I can," he says. "It's pretty damn fun."
Sponsored, Episode 30: Kim Reichhelm
On this episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, Kim Reichhelm, one of the original badasses of freesking, joins host Mike Powell. Reicchelm is candid about her upbringing with a stern father and her current rock and roll lifestyle. The veteran ski racer, commentator, two-time World Extreme Ski Champion, and the figurehead of the highly successful "Ski With Kim" camps, Reichhelm discusses how she was made fun of at school, but found herself through sports.
"All of my confidence came from sports because I was a horrible student," she says. "I was dyslexic, I had difficulty reading, I really, really struggled in the classroom and the playground was where all my confidence came from. I was respected."
Reichhelm was also one of the first skiers to turn herself into a successful brand, and she talks about how she had to choose between ski racing and having fun. For her, the choice was easy.
"I had to say I'm either going to win the tour, or I'm going to quit. I wanted to win, and then I realized that in order to win the tour I was going to have to drink less beer and focus on ski racing and not traveling around to Miami Beach between ski races, so I decided to stop racing."
For Reichhelm, who always followed her heart, it couldn't have worked out better.
Sponsored, Episode 29: Colston Vb
On this episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, Colston VB talks to host Mike Powell about the struggle to make it as a professional skier. The two discuss Vb's role on Bravo's reality TV show, Timber Creek Lodge, which he was conflicted about appearing on.
"Within skiing I really focused on not selling out," he says. "I really focused on staying super core and not doing the cheesy Instagram stuff and not compromising myself and I wanted to be talent first. A part of it was funny and part of it was to take a break and enjoy it. I'm really happy I did it."
2:00: Growing up in Rossland, BC, in a ski bum home
6:00: Colston's career
9:55: Overcoming money issues and living life to its fullest
11:30: Sponsors and Jeff Schmuck helping him out
12:55: Being a professional, getting an agent, and learning lessons
16:10: The biggest moments of his ski career
18:25: How did he get into reality TV? Does it kill skiing?
22:30: Being semi-famous in a digital world
23:45: Questions from fans of the show
26:00: Money in reality TV and what’s next in skiing, TV, and life
Customer ReviewsSee All
These are awesome!
POWER PLEASE Re-launch this series!!! Put Schmidt, Hattrup, Plake, Stump & Murray Ball on a repeat rotation!!
This had great guests, great insight, great stories. Powell does awesome preparation and is a great interviewer!
Bring it back please
Miss this podcast
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