Colorado

Feb 14, 2010 10:55 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Watch party planned in Springs for Jake Zamansky

Don't let the tattoos on Jake Zamansky's arms and legs fool you (can't see the tattoos in this photo, but he's second from the left).

"Very kind, generous, soft spoken," says Sharon Kushner, Zamansky's aunt.

Kushner says her nephew's work ethic earned him a spot on the Olympic Alpine Ski Team for 2010 Winter Games.

"He has almost a zen-like quality to him when he's working on his skis," says Kushner.

He's had to work for his Olympic dream: sharpening his own skis, finding his own sponsors, and paying for his own training and trips.

"I think he had his doubts at times. I really did. Especially, after the last Olympics, because he had worked so hard and then didn't get chosen to be on the team," says Kushner.

Zamansky was born and raised in Aspen. His mom put him on his first pair of skis at the age of two. Competitive skiing runs in the family. Zamansky's dad, David, almost made the '72 Olympic ski team.

"He followed in his Dad's footsteps," say Kushner. "This is something my brother dreamed of, and now his son is realizing that dream for him. I'm just thrilled."

That thrill continues next Sunday when Zamansky will compete in the Men's giant slalom in Vancouver, as long as he's healthy and the weather cooperates.

"He would like to go out and kick some butt. I use butt. He used another word," says Kushner.

"I don't want to go there just to go. I want to go there and kick some a**," says Jake Zamansky, during an interview from the Audi production of "Truth in Motion."

Good luck, Jake. We'll be watching!

Follow reporter Jeannette Hynes on Twitter: @jeannettehynes.

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