Thu, Feb 13, 2014 07:31 PM
Dan Egan, who is known locally to Mountain Times readers as a
famous extreme skier - one of Powder Magazine's Top Skiers of All
Time - and who now leads backcountry clinics for Killington, is in
Sochi as a commentator for Boston.com, where he has a weekly blog
and radio show.
Egan has been at the forefront of the extreme-sports scene since
the mid-1980s and has led adventure trips from the Alps to the
Arctic. One of his companies, Skiclinics.com, runs camps and
clinics across North and South America and Europe. Another company,
Degan Media, a consulting, marketing and production company,
leverages his 25 years of experience in the action-sports industry.
As a producer, his programs have run nationally via broadcast and
cable syndication. Corporations, universities and schools around
North America have also hired him as a motivational speaker over
the last decade.
He began commentating in 1996, and also hosts sports shows for
NESN. He has been on television and radio since then and currently
is a reporter on Extreme Sports for Boston.com. This is Egan's
third Olympics commentating gig - he covered Vancouver (2010) for
Sprint, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for Sperry
With his diverse background, The Mountain Times asked Egan if he
would share some thoughts on the Sochi Olympics.
MT: What events you covering?
DE: My assignment is all snow sports, so I will be based at the
Mountain Cluster up at Sochi.
MT: What will you be looking at when you
DE: I like the personalities that work at and participate in the
Olympics. Interviewing people who are "Peak Performers" is always
educational and motivational. So I like to see what drives
people to reach the top of their activities.
MT: How long are you there?
DE: I left the states on January 31 and will be back on the 24th
of February. So long enough to miss the great USA and also long
enough to settle into the Olympic Vibe.
MT: Any comments on Sochi as venue?
DE: Well this is my second trip to Sochi. I came over in 2010
when I was a finalist to be the GM at the Resort holding the
games. It is amazing to see how the whole city has been
transformed in such a short time. The Olympic movement is a
powerful one and it is a transformative one as well. The Olympics
leave an impression on those who view it, those who experience it,
and the places that host it.
MT: What do you think about chances for Team USA in
DE: Team USA is going to leave its mark here in Sochi-Ted Ligety
and Mikeala Shiffrin, will continue to dominate. I think Bode and
Julia Mancuso will both medal. We will podium in the snowboard
men's and women's half pipe and David Wise will crush it in the
men's skiing half pipe. Then there will also be the unknowns who
peak at the games as well.
MT: What insights can you offer readers on the
significance of the games - for the athletes, for the US, for the
DE: Slope style skiing is going to be a highlight of the games.
But for sure the Women's Ski Jumping will be huge. The American's
will be on top of the podium there for sure.
The Olympics always bring the spotlight to the smaller sports,
Nordic, Bob Sled, Luge, and Skeleton. These sports shine at the
games and they bring out some amazing stories from all over the
world. I am going to cover the South African and Thailand skiers,
one in skier cross and one in GS.
MT: We have quite a few Vermonters participating this year
(granted, some are natives who grew up here and moved on to other
states like Teter and Clark and some went to academies here but
were born elsewhere). Any predictions on what we can expect?
DE: Well both Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark will be stars here at
the Games and it's hard to count either of them out. Devin Logan
from Mount Snow will be another one to watch for sure.
And don't forget Doug Lewis from Sugarbush; you can listen in to
him at NBC Radio.
MT: Can you give us insights as to why you personally like
to attend the Olympics?
DE: I have been associated with Olympians for a long time, and now
covering the Olympics you really start to understand what it is all
The athletes always talk about the dedication it takes to get to
the Games and it does, it takes a lot of focus. The qualifying
process for the Games is brutal and long.
Attending the Olympics is special because it's about national
pride, and it's my country against yours competing in
sport. The essence of that is good-hearted, friendly
competition and above all it's fun.
The Olympic movement brings together people of all nations from
all economic situations and fosters communication, relationships,
and experiences that transcend even our electronic culture - and
that is a good thing.
MT: Can you share any insights from your observations
about the Olympians as people?
DE: There are two questions I always ask Olympians. One is, "What
would a medal mean to you?"
The common answer is "Everything!"
My follow-up is always, "Can you define everything?"
That is when the conversation turns interesting because now they
have to think about their past, where they came from, who helped
them, and how they got to the Olympics. Olympians are not made by
themselves; it's the parents, the coaches, the mentors and the
people surrounding them who create, shape, and define them.
When the athlete appreciates that, it is usually a special moment
Thank you Dan. It's been a pleasure, as always, to get your
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