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—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 dirtbag 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.”
Listen to the full podcast here:
1:40: Seeking Nirvana
7:45: Getting into skiing when he was a kid.
10:30: When he started competing
13:00: First knee injury
14:00: Matt’s challenging contest mentality
17:45: How did he make ends meet?
26:00: His making the team story is crazy and all about his Olympic experience.
32:05: Wild Rumpus Camp
“Sponsored” is a weekly show hosted by Mike Powell that goes deep into the lives and stories of professional skiers. For more Powder Radio, check out “The Storytellers” podcast, which goes behind the scenes with POWDER.
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