A few weeks ago someone called Bergerler posted this on the Yobeat site…
“From ads to interviews the values of snowboarders equate fun with smoking weed, drinking beer, and dropping out of school. I know this isn't true for most snowboaders out there, but then why is it so rare to read about snowboarders who are using their snowboarding in a positive way, or combining education and snowboarding? In most ads, you see white males wearing chains next to girls in binkinis.
Show me something different. Show me snowboarders who are living the dream and making a positive impact in their community instead of perpetuating the wrongful stereotypes about snowboarding.”
As self-proclaimed experts in snowboarding stereotypes we decided that Bergerler’s cry for help was a call to action. So this week we decided to find Bergerler some snowboarders who are fighting his stereotypes and making a positive impact on our sport...
(If you would prefer to see an article on Bergerler’s stereotype fear not; next week normal service will resume. We’ll be drunk and high and writing about chain-adorned white male snowboarders surrounded by bikini-clad chicks.)
We’ve looked at Chris Klug before, back when we reviewed his excellent autobiography. As well as being an Olympic medallist, a thoroughly nice chap and a man who has suffered from an extraordinary run of medical bad luck, he’s also an extremely busy man in the charity world. After his own liver transplant Chris become a dedicated exponent of organ donation through the Chris Klug Foundation and the Donor Dudes organisation.
One of his toughest gigs was judging the recent Hooters Snow Angels competition.