Q&A with Mike Douglas on Sean Pettit
FS: When did you first see Sean ski?
MD: I first remember Sean rat-packing around with his brother Callum and Kye Petersen. Kye was small, but he seemed like a giant next to Sean. When you see a kid that small owning the mountain, you definitely take notice. I always remember Sean having good style. A lot of kids were doing the same tricks as him but he was able to keep it tight.
What’s he like to hang out with?
I like Sean because he’s always having fun and he doesn’t take himself (or anything for that matter) too seriously. Sometimes, I wish he take something seriously. [laughs] But overall, he’s just a good Canadian kid. Last fall, my wife and I were having lunch in Whistler at a cafe near the high school when up walks Pettit and some of his classmates on their lunch hour. After a bit of chitchat with Sean, my wife says, “How do you know that kid?” I said, “That’s Sean Pettit. He might just be the best skier in the world right now.” She almost spit up her soup.
How is he seen in the Whistler community?
Whistler is a funny place. Nobody is really placed on a pedestal here. In the 10 houses surrounding me there are Olympic Gold medalists, World Cup champions, and action sport fi lm stars. In Sean’s high school their are a bunch of kids who are near the top of their game (ski, snowboard, mountain bike, etc.) Nobody makes a big deal about anyone here.
Do you think the level of hype surrounding Sean will get to his head?
I hope not. He better have been paying attention to Like A Lion at the film premieres this fall!
Were you surprised to see him get second at Linecatcher?
Yes, I was surprised, because I wondered who could beat him!