Alex Schlopy set a goal for himself going into the 2014 Olympic Games: In his words it was “make the Olympics or I’d rather be dead.” Unfortunately, Alex missed making the US Olympic Team by the slimmest of margins and decided to seek out crack and heroin to dull his pain and follow through on the ‘or I’d rather part’. A few suicide attempts and an arrest later, Alex went to treatment and is currently getting back into the sport he loves. He’s young and still has a chance to regain all that he thought he threw away. Hear his whole story on the podcast
Alex Schlopy Show Notes
1:30: Skiing for the first time in a long time
2:45: Coming from a famous family and family growing up
7:00: Getting into skiing and other sports in his life
10:10: Taking gymnastics to snow and working with Mike Hanley
13:45: Full of energy and toilet papering and did he get in trouble?
16:32: Winning the VT Open, getting sponsors and money
20:00: Filming with TGR and getting a RED camera
23:00: Getting into a bad car crash and the concussion
27:30: Drinking and the perception of him
30:00: Why does he hate himself?
33:00: When does he move out of the house and what is 2011 like for him?
34:59: First X-Games, getting into big air, winning and the JOI event
37:00: Getting real money in 2011, almost getting arrested and other incidents
46:30: How does he spend his money and partying/skiing
49:30: The goal that was the worst idea of his life
51:05: Olympic qualifying and Joss
56:15: Sponsors at this point and Ruroc Helmets
59:52: The end of skiing and the start of drugs
1:08:16: Suicide attempts
1:13:00: He gets arrested and what does his family think about him at this time?
1:15:00: How does recovery happen?
1:19:00: Concussions and the impact they’ve had on him
1:23:00: What’s next?