Baltimore-based Zipline Ski, a company started after the last Winter Olympics in 2014, expect its ski poles and other products to give Olympic freestyle skiers an edge during the Winter Games in South Korea.
From November through March, Ethan and Christian Coherd pile their battered and worn secondhand equipment into their mom's equally battered white 2012 Honda Odyssey. The twins and their mom, Krystal Lucado, make the 1 1/2-hour drive from Baltimore to Roundtop Mountain in Lewisberry, Pa., five days a week to practice Alpine snowboarding. They estimate that they spend more than 40 hours a week training, in addition to school and homework. The Coherd twins are not fazed by the obstacles.
Starting at 16, Jamie Bestwick spent 12 years working various jobs to earn his living. He was a ceramic tiler, then worked at a chocolate factory, and then worked at an airplane engine repair company. Back then, BMX was just a hobby — a part-time job, at best — that he couldn't get off his mind.
That day, seven years ago, Baltimore native Bucky Lasek was in Orange County, Calif., overseeing his skateboarding camp. Schaar was one of the participants who had to show the ability to roll down the ramp before joining the camp — a practice typically done on on a board.