Hat tip to Elizabeth G, who sent this along:
He came up with the idea for (Torah) Bright to develop the double-cork, a high-risk, big-air maneuver performed only by male stars like the Americans Shaun White and Kevin Pearce.
The trick involves two off-axis rotations, with the possibility of grabbing the board or adding other flourishes for more points.
Team Bright broke down the trick into smaller elements, mastering each before combining them into the whole maneuver. They are keenly aware of the risk, especially in light of Pearce’s crash while practicing it Dec. 31. He is hospitalized and recovering from a severe brain injury.
“There is risk involved with everything you do out there, so I need to be smart,” Bright said. “I am not going to try something I don’t feel confident about. There’s no reason to do that. You get hurt no matter what in this sport. I’ve had a concussion and many other injuries. You need to be very confident and practiced. I feel I certainly am.”
I'm not sure teaching is quite as physically death-defying. But emotionally? You get hurt no matter what in teaching. You've gotten emotional concussions and many other injuries. You need to be very confident and practiced. And you do that by breaking teaching down into smaller elements that you master before trying to combine them.
And rookies don't try Double Corks. They try easy stuff like Indy Grabs. According to some website. I've never snow-boarded. Does anyone sled nowadays?