On March 14, 2013, professional free skier Tucker Perkins chatted via telephone with Digital Journal about his plans for the future and his aspirations to represent our country and compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Throughout his career, Tucker has earned recognition from Sports Illustrated’s “Next Snow Search” and he placed first at the Tignes Airwaves Big Air (in Tignes, France) and he subsequently won the World Ski Invitational half-pipe that was held in Whistler, British Columbia. He secured the U.S. National Freestyle championship half-pipe skiing title, as well as second place on the Dew Tour. “The sport I do is the free skiing half-pipe which involves jumps, spins and flips. I grew up racing but that was not for me. I grew a love for the half-pipe. I love the freedom of being in the air,” the 22-year old athlete said.
A New Hampshire native, Tucker noted that he was influenced primarily by his parents. “They have been with me every step of the way and they gave me the chance to do what I love to do and they inspired me to follow my dreams,” he remarked.
Regarding his plans for the future, Tucker stated, “2014 is a really big deal for the sport since the Winter Olympics (that will be held in Russia) will include the free ski half-pipe for the first time. I am on the U.S. Team right now along with seven other guys and they will accept three or four of us for next year’s Olympics. My goal is to be on that team and to compete in Russia in the Olympic Games.”
One of the most memorable places that he has ever visited is New Zealand. “In the off-season, which is around July and August, I enjoy going there. The country and its landscape are just amazing! You can go ski in the mornings and then you can surf down the coasts in the afternoons. It’s definitely one of the coolest places that I have ever been to,” Tucker said.
He revealed that he will be heading to France for the European X Games that are held in Tignes, France, which will commence on March 20, 2013. “That is one of the prettiest resorts out there. It’s a major television event and it’s really cool. The crowd that comes out to watch is unbelievable out there. It is really huge and they get us all fired up,” he said.
In his spare time, Tucker shared that he enjoys staying active. “I grew up on the coast of New Hampshire so I enjoy surfing and playing a lot of music, such as bass guitar and drums. Music is a huge part of my part of my life. I like hunting, fishing and surfing. I am collecting antique motorcycles too which is awesome,” he said.
For Tucker, success is defined as hard work and sticking to a certain plan. “If you can look back on a goal that you set and if can say that you gave it your all, that is always success in my book and nobody can put you down,” he concluded.
To learn more about Tucker Perkins, visit his official website and follow the professional skier on Twitter.