Along with shirtless skiers doing push-ups on the Chilean slopes, the video features team members participating in their annual “Joey Run”, a bonding event for first-year team members.
Every August, the Dartmouth Alpine Ski Team heads south to Chile for a two-week training camp, where there’s no television or Internet for entertainment, just skiing. After viewing the original video performed by Korean popstar PSY, Captain Madeline Packard ’13 decided to download it for the Chile trip. After playing the song for the team a few times, she knew that it had to be this year’s Joey Run song.
The run takes place after a full day of training, when the whole team dresses up in clothing worn by non-competitive skiers and proceeds to ski like a “joey”. One member described a joey as a bad skier, “kind of like a shoobie on the beach.” Though the run is typically taped, this year the “Pineys’” (a nickname for the Alpine ski team) put a different spin on the ritual.
The male and female alphine teams learned the choreography during a captain’s practice led by captains Heather Beatty ’13, Annie Rendall ’13, and Packard ’13. Within 20 minutes, they were out on the slopes filming. Packard filmed the entire video on her iPhone over the course of the two weeks in Chile.
No one expected the video to be featured on Barstool, according to Packard. Although the team has made “joey” videos before, non-skiers usually don’t understand the concept or find the videos funny. As Packard was editing the film, the original Gangnam Style video went viral and she realized they “might have caught on to something.”
To quote Barstool, the video was “good enough to blog. And it’s always good to be early to the game in which is sure to be 6 months of Gangnam style spoofs.”
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