Leader of the British freeski invasion

Talking with Pat Sharples, coach of British skiers James Woods and Katie Summerhayes

Updated: June 28, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Olivia Dwyer

Pat Sharples suffered a few broken thumbs when he was a kid, a typical injury for an English skier in the early 1990s. Sharples grew up in Manchester, and moguls covered in Dendix -- a surface of hexagonal brush bristles -- were the only way to chase his dream of competing in the Olympics. That dream went unrealized, but it set Sharples on a path to become coach and mentor to a generation of British freeskiers who are proving mountains and snow are not a requirement to compete with the ...

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