The 2017 TGR Hall of Fame
At the 2017 TGR Family Dinner, co-founders Todd and Steve Jones announced the first round of inductees into the TGR Hall of Fame, bringing back many stoked memories of the incredible work these athletes have done throughout their lives. The inductees and their families were in attendance, receiving a three-night stay at the Teton Mountain Lodge during the world premiere weekend. All three athletes led storied careers, pioneering the world of freeskiing and cementing their legacies with the time and effort they put into numerous films over the years. The 2017 inductees are: Micah Black, Doug Coombs, and Kent Kreitler.
Micah Black photo
Micah Black moved to Jackson Hole the same year as TGR co-founder Steve Jones. It was Black who actually influenced the name for the then-upstart production company; his personal sponsorship portfolio was titled “Black Gravity Research.”
When I first moved to Jackson, before even thinking about TGR, Micah and I often skied together and from day one he stood out as impressionable; the one who really started throwing huge tricks in the backcountry. – Steve Jones
In TGR's early films his aggressive, hard-charging style quickly caught the attention of ski filmgoers seeking an alternative to the dull narratives of traditional ski film media. Black quickly achieved celebrity status in the ski towns across the country for his exploits on the mountain.
He was what we call a production athlete. From that standpoint, he was always the one we wanted to have around, with his creative mind and charisma in front of the camera.- Steve Jones
Of all his segments, Micah Black’s 2001 Breakneck session for Mind the Addiction was a monumental moment for TGR. At the time, the super technical line in the Jackson Hole backcountry hadn’t been greased fluidly before, but Black was determined. It took multiple attempts and countless hard falls, but Black's drive paid off. Swerving in and out of trees and off huge cliffbands, skiing the line would serve as one of his crowning achievements and a testament to his legacy.
Emily Coombs photo
In the mid 90’s Doug Coombs was pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible on a pair of skis in Alaska. At the top of his game, he was winning the World Extremes and running his own heli-ski operation with his wife Emily. Coombs was a true visionary who progressed the sport of skiing through his pioneering first descents around the world. He was also revered as a phenomenal guide who helped his clients ski to their highest abilities, and known as a loving family man. Through his skiing and kindness, Doug unknowingly shaped the future of TGR by donating heli-time and skiing for the Jones brothers.
Doug was a massive influence on us; he taught us just about everything while we were bumming around valdez just trying to figure it all out. He would guide clients in the morning and then take us up in the afternoon to film aboard the heli.- Todd Jones
When TGR's first film “The Continuum” premiered in Teton Village the crowd went crazy when their hometown hero graced the screen. The film’s closing segment featured a local boy sending what was then the best Alaska ski film segment ever.
After Doug's death in 2006, his wife Emily kept his spirit alive with the Doug Coombs Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to “provide an opportunity for children to join their peers in activities on and off the ski slopes of Jackson Hole, supporting a healthy and integrated community for all of our children.”
Anything segment you’ll see today that’s got any history in it, Coombs is bound to be attached to it. -Steve Jones
Doug will forever be cemented as one of the most legendary skiers ever, pushing the limits in mountains all over the world.
Kent Kreitler photo
As an athlete who started his career back when freeskiing was still largely unknown, Kent Kreitler has come a long way over nearly three decades of hard-charging skiing. Kreitler started like so many others, in college (luckily his roommate was none other than Shane McConkey), but quickly took off into the world of big mountain skiing, winning competition after competition, including the US Extremes in Crested Butte and several X-Games medals.
However, his passion always lay in filming the biggest, baddest lines Alaska had to offer. Kreitler has been part of TGR from the beginning, starting with his segment in The Continuum. Throughout his career, he adapted his approach to skiing, and was one of the first to actively practice his tricks in the park before bringing them into the backcountry, fusing freestyle with freeride.
The beauty of filming with kreitler was that he always got the ball rolling; he was with it from the first run, the first hit, and always got the crew fired up – Todd Jones
Today, Kreitler continues his storied career as a ski instructor in Sun Valley and as a father skiing pow with a mini-ripper and friends.
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