Fresh from the rush of jumping off mountains in Norway pro-skier and base jumper JT Holmes just landed into Reno. And before even going home, he came to Woodward Tahoe to share a critical message with young athletes.
"Skydiving, base jumping, speed riding, these are all highly progressive extremely fun things to do that all have a huge element of consequence."
Holmes, who became a pro skier at 17, is also a director of Basics - a safety program in the Truckee based-High Fives Foundation.
"I founded it in 2006. I broke my back in Mammoth when I overshot a jump and I was paralyzed from the waist down," says founder Roy Tuscany.
This non-profit helped Jason Craig heal after he shattered his spine kayaking. He recently won first in freestyle at the Reno River Festival and made the U.S. Kayak Team.
High Fives also helped Grant Korgan become the first adaptive skier to reach the South Pole after he suffered a paralyzing snowmobile jump.
Holmes knows first-hand many accidents can be prevented. "Unfortunately we still see elite snowboarders in marquee videos not wearing helmets and that's just silly."
Holmes wears his helmet topped off with his GoPro camera with pride. "They look cool now. They're not big and dorky looking."
To spread that message the High Fives Foundation is giving away free POC helmets to the coolest helmet photo on Instagram. Just end it with #helmetsarecool.
"All right buddy you got it bro! High five!" says Holmes.
Holmes is a role model to the nation's top young skier. At 11, Cody LaPlante is the youngest person ever to do that.
"He's pretty dedicated. Cody he's been a here a lot."
"Have you done that trick?"
"Absolutely not, I haven't even considered it. I barely know the name!"
It was a double flat spin.
"I'm just scared just going up to the jump shivering."
LaPlante, the youngest coach at Woodward Tahoe's Summer Camp, teaches tricks with safety as top priority. "Helmets are the most important thing in skiing."
Campers can't escape the message of injury prevention.
And if someone goes down, they have the support, funds and encouragement from High Fives and JT Holmes.
Some of the money campers paid to practice at Woodward Tahoe, goes to the High Fives Foundation.
Coming up Wednesday, we take a close look at JT Holmes' career and more of his trip in Norway.
To learn about High Fives Foundation, go to http://www.highfivesfoundation.org/
Written by Neda Iranpour