SOCHI, Russia – Skiing moguls is a state of mind that requires an inner calm, a spirit of a warrior and the spontaneity of a cat. Scott Rawles was one great mogul skier. He won the World Pro Mogul multiple times and has been the head moguls coach for Team USA since 2006.
In that time, he has put the US mogul skiers back on top of the world stage.
Rawles has been a mogul master for close to 30 years. He dominated the World Pro Mogul Tour in the 80s, along with his two brothers, Kirk and Mike. The Rawles Brothers set the standard of would would become the foundation for what would become Olympic mogul skiing.
Just as ESPN and the X Games launched today’s Olympic sports such as halfpipe and slopestyle, it was the Rawles brothers' passion and dedication that kept pro mogul skiing alive on television with sponsors and eventually provided the popularity that eventually led to it becoming an Olympic Sport and produced Olympic mogul pioneers such as Donna Weinbrecht and Johnny Moseley
Scott Rawles' dedication to his craft starts with his love for skiing. From the humble beginnings as a ski bum in Breckenridge, Colo., in 1979 to seven-time winner of the World Pro Mogul Tour and coaching a record three medalists at the 2010 Olympics, he has very little to prove in Sochi.
"He'll go camp in his van for a weekend at the base of a ski area just to go skiing. I think that's the definition of a ski bum," said Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson.
Rawles won’t be seeking the spotlight here in Sochi. He’ll let his skiers do that.
Rather, he is looking forward to grabbing some powder turns after the games are over and enjoying the sport that provided him with a road to gold medal memories.
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