Skiing/athleticism is in the genes of Park City’s Alex Schlopy, whose mom, Holly Flanders, is a two-time Olympian and three-time World Cup downhill winner and whose father, Todd Schlopy, played football for the Buffalo Bills. In 2011, Schlopy asserted himself as one of the best slopestyle and big air competitors, beginning in 2011 at Winter X Games, winning Big Air gold as a rookie and riding that momentum into the World Championships in Park City, UT, and winning the World Slopestyle Championships. These days he’s one of the biggest names in freeski slopestyle and is part of a generation of young talents who are redefining the performance limits of the sport.
Growing up in Park City, Schlopy was a self-proclaimed “loud-mouthed, troublemaker.” His mind was always racing with thoughts of skiing, biking, girls and basically anything other than what he was supposed to be thinking about. If you ask any of the kids who grew up with him, he says they’d tell you he spent most of his time at school sitting in the principal’s office. After a brief run in gymnastics he finally found his passion on skis and the rest is history.
Q & A
New Zealand is pretty big in the Winter Sports World. Do they have Kangaroos in NZ? If so, have you boxed one?
I was only able to bag a sheep, which is 10 times cooler I think?
When did you first start skiing? Where/why?
Age 2. My mom and Dad got me into it, mainly because my mom was an Olympian in downhill skiing. I think she got a little pissed when I started skiing backwards though :O haha
If you weren't shredding on skis, what would you be doing for a living?
Probably pursuing a career in Business, or just riding my dirt bike all day
Talent...other than skiing:
Best song to ride to:
Anything by my girl Miley.
C-Walking, Head Banging or fist pumping? Which one?
You gotta switch it up from time to time, so I'd say all of the above!
Dream vacation spot:
A secluded island with 3 of my favorite ladies... sunny all day with light showers in the evenings. Candle lit dinners and sandy beaches on the ocean blue. (Oakley: Damn, that's romantic, Alex!)
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
Both... I'm not afraid!
What tricks are you working on?
I'm working on a couple different doubles and some left spins.
You've been mistaken for...
Rihanna... when I sing
Sushi, steak, chicken, veggies, and fruit!
Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?
My girl Miley!