Jonny Moseley has amassed an impressive list of titles and medals as a skier but itís his ability to bring the crowd to its feet that defines his career. Heís been a free-skiing force in the Olympics and at the X-Games. Now heís Skating with the Stars!
Born in San Juan, Jonny hit snow for the first time when his family relocated to the Bay Area in 1978. In 1993, he was selected to the U.S. Ski Team. In 1997, Jonny won the first two World Cup events of the 1997-1998 season and secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Jonny won the first American gold medal of the Nagano Games with what had become his signature move, the 360 mute-grab.
Jonny secured the 1998 World Cup mogul skiing title as well as the U.S. National title with nine wins on the season. The U.S. Olympic Committee named him Sportsman of the Year, Rolling Stone put him in their Sports Hall of Fame and Cindy Crawford posed with him for the cover of Freeskier magazine. Cool!
After his Olympic win, Jonny entered ESPN's X-Games taking second place with his newly-developed trick, the Dinner Roll. He trademarked the Jonny Moseley SKI logo, co-branded product lines with several sponsors, developed a video game and hosted Snow Zone with Jonny Mosley for Fox Sports Net.
When Jonny returned to the Olympics in 2002, he lobbied to perform his Dinner Roll in the moguls. The FIS voted by a tally of 3-2 to allow it in World Cup competition but Jonny was having difficulty with the execution and the judges were not responding to the innovativeness of the trick.
As the Olympics in Salt Lake City approached, the Dinner Roll finally clicked. Jonny made the personal and pivotal decision that it was more important to represent the U.S., his sport and himself with his own style than to repeat the tried and tested tricks. In his second appearance in the Olympics, he executed a perfect Dinner Roll in the semi-finals and another in the finals. Jonny thrilled the crowd and the judges awarded him fourth place.
Jonny hosted Saturday Night Live, delivered the commencement address at University of California at Berkeley, was declared one of People Magazine's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors and hosted a series for MTV. He also watched his sport evolve as the FIS legalized inverted tricks in the moguls. Today, it would be unlikely to find someone on the podium in world-class mogul competition that wasn't executing a version of the Dinner Roll.
In 2005, Jonny brought 200 tons of snow and 20 of the world's top skiers and snowboarders to Fillmore Street in San Francisco and held an urban big air competition in the middle of his hometown. In 2006, Jonny graduated from UC Berkeley. In 2007, he was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and became the narrator of the Warren Miller films.
Jonny continues to do his weekly radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio and various TV work and he is proud to represent Sprint and act as Chief Mountain Host at Squaw Valley, USA.