The Rebirth of Steve Fisher
The question makes Steve Fisher think.
How would you describe your career to this point?
“That’s a tough one,” he says.
His eyes begin wandering around his sprawling new house off Tiger Road. They start in the living room near the fully decorated Christmas tree, then they migrate to the kitchen, then to the snow floating down outside his window, and then to the ever-knowing hardwood floor.
Finally, he answers. He’s satisfied with his accomplishments, he says, noting that “everything goes in cycles” and, perhaps most significantly, “not everyone can win every time.”
It was a lesson he learned painfully, three years ago. Fisher was coming off a magnificent season in which he won a host of major halfpipe contests, including the granddaddy, the Winter X Games. He was a 21-year-old kid making $200,000 — but, lest we forget, also a kid who two years earlier, didn’t have a significant sponsor to speak of.
The sudden stardom smacked him dizzy. Invoked a mindset where winning was the only thing. Not surprisingly, the season that followed was, by the standards he’d set in 2004, a disaster.
After a throwaway year in 2006, Fisher enjoyed another dream season last winter. He stunned the industry and won his second X Games gold medal in pipe — one of only three riders to do so, joining Todd Richards and Shaun White — then followed it up with a victory at the second U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix stop a week later. “Surreal” is still how he refers to it all.
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