Road to Sochi: Bobby Brown on comeback from injury, Olympic preparation and more

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Freeskier has partnered with Vail Resorts to produce the Road to Sochi video series, following its Epic team members as they attempt to qualify for, and succeed at the 2014 Winter Olympics. We’re giving our audience exclusive cuts of each episode—each one gives an in-depth look at the athletes’ ups and downs on this road the the Olympic stage.

Our second episode showcases Denver, Colorado native and Breckenridge local Bobby Brown. Bobby sustained two separate broken ankles in 2013, which hampered him for most of the season, yet the 22-year-old is still among the favorites to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, representing the United States in slopestyle. Brown scored a fourth place finish at last week’s Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, and is hoping to improve upon that at this week’s US Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.

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Bobby Brown competes at Dew Tour, December 2013

Bobby has been pushing the limits of freeskiing for a number of years, having become the first person to ever land a triple cork 1440 in 2011. Brown, of course, is a proven winner on the competition scene, too, taking home gold at the 2010 Winter X Games in both big air and slopestyle, topping the overall AFP rankings that year, as well. From there, Bobby won the Dew Tour slopestyle title in 2011, and later earned another gold medal in big air at the 2012 X Games Aspen.

In this episode of the Road to Sochi series, Brown talks about his struggle to come back from injury in 2013, as well as the pressure of qualifying for the Olympics in the inaugural year of slopestyle and halfpipe skiing.

Click here to watch our previous episode starring Keri Herman, and stay tuned for our next video featuring David Wise—additionally, keep your eyes peeled for a follow-up showcasing the trio’s experience at this year’s Dew Tour.