Name: Charlie Sponsel
Date of Birth: February 14, 1989
Current Residence: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Hometown: Lake O
Sponsors: Diamondback, Gravity, Fox Racing Shox, Chris King, DSP-Racing, Kenda, Shimano, and all the people who shuttle my ass
Year’s Riding: 19 years shredding the gnar.
Favorite Trail or Place to Ride: Riding downhill in the Oregon Coast mountain range
Best Ride Ever: Friday practice, Leogang World Cup 2011, the day before the rains came. Best day ever, ever.
Favorite Trick: 360, aka my only trick
Injuries: Collarbones, wrist, ankle, pride, heart, dignity; the usual
Career Highlight: 1st place at the 2011 NW Cup Finals
Hobbies: Skids, hucks, hating on people on TEAM ROBOT
Role Model: Conan the Barbarian
Favorite Band: Slayer
Best “Get Pumped for Riding” Song: anything off Kill 'em All
Favorite Movie: "Picasso Trigger." Look up the trailer; it's mind blowing. I own that on VHS. Boom.
Favorite Drink: Mountain Dew.
Favorite Food: bar food.
Favorite Industry Individual: Biker Fox
Most Valued Component on Your Bike: My Fox 40 yellow spring. It's intended for riders 210 pounds and up, which I not. I gave it up once, and I will never give it up again, no matter what anyone says about my suspension setup. Lots of people scratch their heads about my bike setup, but I basically want my fork locked out. The yellow spring definitely helps me accomplish that. If I couldn't run it I would just quit riding because it would be horrible.
Favorite Event: Mt. Hood Skibowl. It's my local track, and the course is really, really, really fast and scarier than Gary Busey off his meds. It's old school, straight, and simple, but it makes downhill racing look sweet racing. Spectators are stoked at Skibowl.
Words of Wisdom: What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
Last Thoughts: No officer, I have no recollection of these events.