Video: Congrats Stevie

Oct 12, 2012 at 14:32
by Anthill Films  

As filmmakers we’ve had the privilege to be present for some great moments in a few riders’ careers. Whether it’s a high-risk move, a contest or a race, it’s always cool to see vision become reality.

Five years ago we filmed a segment for Seasons about a young, up-and-coming downhiller named Stevie Smith. Back then, Stevie was being shuttled almost everyday by his mom and was working part time at Tim Hortons serving donuts and coffee. Ever since, we’ve been cheering Stevie on as he worked steadily towards the goal of being on top of a world cup podium… knowing sooner or later it was going to happen.

We don’t actually film world cup races very often, so it was an unforgettable moment for the Anthill crew to be there in the finish corral when Stevie crossed the line in Hafjell and claimed his first ever world cup victory. Luckily we had our cameras rolling and were able to capture a few shots from the big day.


To celebrate Stevie’s accomplishment, The Collective has made his segment from Seasons available online. Check it out and you’ll see he had the vision back then… and now he’s made it real. Congrats Stevie – you’ve earned it!


Seasons is now available for download on iTunes. Pick up the Collective Anthology here.

Title image by Fraser Britton.
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  • + 151
 CANADA FUCK YEH! .........I know I'm irish but , CANADA FUCK YEH. And might I say what a dedicated mother, and of course steve as a rider.
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 I wish she was my mom. Looking forward to seeing him for many years to come. GO STEVIE!
  • + 41
 that must be a proud mom.
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 His mom isn't the only one. I am proud of Steve! I remember when seasons came out and he seemed to be working so hard.
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 YYYYEEEEAAAAA STEVIE!!! ISLAND REPRESENT!!
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 Full respects to the mom, for being that major stepping stone, without her, Stevie wouldn't be here today!
  • + 31
 I told my mom that stevie smiths mom shuttled him pretty much everyday.... that was a big mistake
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 That's funny...the guilt approach doesn't always work. It was great to see Smith step up this year and get his first big win, but he needs to get a little stronger at pedaling if he wants to beat Gwin and Minnnar on the pedal tracks...like at World's next year. I hope he keeps getting faster and more consistent, I want to see him beat Gwin in the World Cup overall.
  • + 8
 Protour. Nobody likes you. Congrats Stevie!
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 i neg propped protour just out of habit !! then I read what her wrote... and neg propped him again!! but I think he tries to mean well.
  • + 8
 i didn't think his mum could get any cooler, giving him shuttles and stuff....then she said 'pinning it'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 I love those Suzuki Sidekick/GEO Metros. I had the same one. Cool Mom. Congrats Stevie.
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  • + 57
 You know guys, I'm really impressed to see how many different nationalities are cheering on this canuck boy. As a Canadian it goes without saying that I'm totally stoked to see Stevie get his podium but it makes me really happy to see the camaraderie that riders have. It's truly one of the things about this sport that I love. Everyone is stoked for someone that deserves it. People from all over were stoked for Danny, Gwin, Minaar, Gatto and so on. Every once in a while there is an over patriotic dick head that slams other riders and trolls everyone but for the most part, bikers are just a rad bunch of people. Cheers to you!! Cheers to Stevie!!! And cheers to that incredible mother of his!!!!! Happy Friday!!!!
  • + 5
 It will only let me give you one thumbs-up, or else I'd give you at least a dozen more. Cheers!!
  • + 20
 well its not about nationality; its about personality!
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 Well said FG! That's one of the main reasons I love this sport its unique in that no one ever wants to see a rider injured or stack it and no matter where you are in the world riders will always support each other, from the odd tube here and there, trail directions and so on. We all share the same passion and that speaks louder than words.
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 i think Stevie needs to do something about his stache .... or unless he will looks like Chuck Norris or Hulk Hogan LOL Good Luck STEVIE !!! bring in the excitement!
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  • + 39
 During my 2nd year of DH racing (way back in the day), I recall being totally annihilated at a race by this 16 year old kid who I didn't know. In the following years, being 23ish years old, I could only look up to him and his tremendous riding. I was SO F*KING PROUD when he won his first WC. Congrats dude. So happy for you!
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 Same! well minus the racing against him part but so proud that hes from canada!!
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 not sure if it was like this for anyone else... and I feel guilty strange enough, that when seasons came out, me and the guys from home were stoked for this young dude stevie because he was really a ripper (!!) but we thought he was not like us, he was too serious about riding.... too serious and not having any fun..... but damn it, I really feel guilty because he had a dream and we just wanted to have fun... The last two years I've been superstitiously participating in the WC race days - sitting in the same chair, drinking the same beer and only drinking from the right hand, watching at the same position to the tv, even sitting in the same position thinking its going to bring good luck and he will win some races... and no bs, I was as I wrote, for the last race. This superstition thing started the first time he was top 5 in 2011....
The last time I was so superstitious like that was when Gretzky still played for the Oilers.
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  • + 38
 Thank you for all of the nice comments....I really enjoyed all of the shuttling time with Steve.
  • + 7
 Congratulations and thanks for the great example you and Steve have set for all. Hope you have both have continued success. What a fantastic story that is really just starting...........
  • + 1
 Tiann - what a great story. My wife and I drove through there in 2009 with your words and Wintersleep running through our heads. Congrats to you and Stevie. And, actually, congrats to The Collective - Darcy and Company for finding and documenting a great story in a magnificent way. Very few sports videos achieve that level of excellence. I love Aaron, but Stevie's story is just as compelling. Long live DH and moms like you!
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  • + 31
 I remember watching that part in Seasons and thinking "I wonder if he will ever make it?" Hard work pays off! Congrats on a good job and many more to come Stevie!!
  • + 39
 And props to his mum for being such a great one Smile
  • + 4
 That section really helped me get into biking in a big way. For at least that one day (and hopefully more) he managed #1 in the world. Hope he gets a world champs jersey some day soon.
  • + 6
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWffZbACb9s Some time I used to watch this 20 times in a row...
  • + 7
 I remember watching that ,and thinking what an awesome mother. I 'm really chuffed for her.What a rider and he looks well hard too !
  • + 3
 i have to say that even with that mom i wouldn´t be that good Frown
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  • + 10
 I was so stoked for him and the whole DeVinci team! His utter domination at Crankworx this year was almost more impressive to me... gonna be exciting racing next season!
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  • + 10
 Downhill rider, Vancouver Island local, working at Time Hortons to make it and bad-ass moustache wearer. Awesome.
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  • + 7
 What a wonderfully supportive Mother. I hope Steve has enough success to buy her a new car, that one must've seen some hammer!
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  • + 9
 I got to shake his hand at whistler last saturday. Beer
  • + 4
 ^^ lucky b*stard Wink
I gotta say when I first saw Stevie I knew he was good and could see he could go far..... The next thing I knew he's NAILED the world cup! This guy is an awesome dude and he owes it to the dedication of his fantastic mother! If only we all had a mum like that who knows were we would be today? Big Grin
  • + 4
 I had to get after the wife after she called him a 'tard' for being in the way at the lift line up! I was like 'hey you can't say that to a local hero like my boy Stevie!!'
  • + 5
 Hahahahahahaha WOMEN!! Big Grin
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  • + 4
 Never paid loads of attention to Stevie, but after his world cup win and watching all the news on him, such an awesome guy! Sick rider, great personality and has a story to tell!
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  • + 3
 All I saw when I perused the article was:

blah blah blah blah blah blah Tim Hortons.....

Then I was like "Tim Hortons?! mmmm Timbits...."
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 So proud of Stevie and his accomplishments. I would'nt be where I am with out your motivation. Thank you Steve, thank you for your following your dream and never giving up. You had a nation supporting you. Hafjell race had me and my daughter outta our seat cheering!!! We still watch "Seasons" religiously and now Wintersleep is a new favorite band!
Check it out!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/3965008
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 Wish my Mom would downhill with me. I think thats where all of Steve's encouragement and strong will came from. I watched "Seasons" the other day, and he was almost 8 min. faster then his mom. I think its so cool that he could win such a big event at such a young age. Hope is wins more! Smile
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  • + 1
 I'm the shuttle...every bump, every pothole...Prevost....I know them well and its only my sons first downhill season!
Seasons has been a powerful inspiration to us. To have Steve do well was just so SAWEET! Then he won which is just off the feakin CHARTS!! My son and I still have the goose bumps!

We got to meet Stevie and his buds on Prevost this year (first day with his brand new truck!) and (other than the new toys) and he is unchanged by his success...Just wanted to say what my son could not have picked a better or more real role model.
Congrats to Steve on his first of many wins!
Congrats to Steves Mom...'cause without you none of this would have been possible....Perhaps you are the real role model here! Smile
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  • + 2
 Steve's story is not unlike that of Danny Hart. Outstanding ma; lucky guy.
Anyone notice how narrow those bars looked in the 2008 segment? Funny how things change.
Congrats.
  • + 1
 Steve's got a better haircut, watch out for Danny's mullet Smile
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  • + 6
 His mom is a hero!
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  • + 1
 nice one Steve, I love your bit in seasons and this song is one of my faves cuz of it, like your bits at the end of seasons to in whistler, you could see how good it felt for you to be shredding with peaty, now you're beating him, well done (hoping you read this, ha ha)
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 "To me that's what mom's do". What a fantastic lady. The world needs more Moms like that!!! Met Stevie once and he is the same in person as you see in the videos. Down to earth, good guy. Way to represent the Island and Canada. Every DH racer on Vancouver Island is dragging around old truck tires while mowing their lawns now. Congrats, well deserved!!!
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 Way to go Stevie! Live that dream to the fullest you worked really hard to get where you are. I'd like to give your Mom props too. I've watched Seasons so many times and was Sooo stoked when you won your first WC. Here's to many more! Cheers!
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 Definitely one of my favorite riders ever, such a huge inspiration. Watched him race at Windham earlier this year and was hoping to see his first win there, but stoked to see him win before the race season ended, he deserved it! And we have the same name so he's automatically a good dude in my book haha.
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  • + 1
 Why seasons is still one of the best DVD's for bits like this, totally deserved. As everyone else has said what a cool mum gotta love the line, just keep doing her as long as its daylight, classic.
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  • + 3
 This was a long time coming! Congrats Steve and looking forward to more podiums from you next season!!!
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  • + 0
 I love this and I think Stevie rocks and is one of the best riders in the sport today, but can I just say, when Stevies Seasons segment came out, had any of you heard of Gwin? Now look Gwin has won the last 2 world cup overalls in some of the most convincing fashions and where is his congratulations video?
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  • + 3
 Stevie is probably the raddest dude ever. Seasons is my favorite movie and his segment just kills it. Love this.
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  • + 2
 Inspirational stuff. Most of the time we have no idea of what top riders have been through to be where they are now. Props to Stevie!
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  • + 4
 I just got goosebumps watching that....
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 Next year should be a great mix on the podiums. Once you get a taste of victory, you want to get intoxicated on it. Drink up Stevie!
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  • + 1
 I remember watching this segment from Seasons a couple of years back when I had no idea who Stevie was, crazy watching it again, fair play Stevie keep pinning it.
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  • + 2
 i remember watching that seasons segment thinking to myself" this kids gonna be great one day" look at him now! ha
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 Hope next year we'll see him on a podium more and more
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  • + 2
 Met Steve once. Nicest, most real guy ever. Mom, you did a great job. I, for one, can't wait for next year's season.
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  • + 2
 Good on ya Stevie, not only a sick rider but liked by the whole MTB community. True champion.
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  • + 1
 Support of the family maybe the most important thing to reach top...And you did and next is more world Cups No1 please! Good luckBig Grin
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  • + 1
 He's been close too many times to NOT get the result. You could see it building over the last few seasons...I could, at least. Glad to see him finally git'er done!!
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  • + 1
 Always loved that soundtrack! He grew up to be "monster" fast! Congrats Stevie and to Stevie's Mom!
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 Super stoked for you Stevie... You want something bad enough, you'll get it and you DID
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 Respect to all shuttling mums out there....
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 Wow nice work, so thats what real trails look like,,,,very interesting. She said 12 minute run and 6 if he pin it.
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 Been wanting to see Steve win for a long time, seems like a top bloke and an absolutely pinned rider. Deserved
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  • + 2
 Stevie you are the man!! Hugs from the SGC crew.
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  • + 1
 Good on him! Yeah Stevie!
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  • + 1
 that settles it. I'm watching all of my bike vids now.
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  • + 1
 i have a lot of respect for this man! my idol!
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 Congrats Stevie, keep on riding hard
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 like like like like like like like
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  • + 1
 awesome clip , killer training course as well
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  • + 1
 What a great shredder! I always liked him as a rider
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  • + 1
 this makes me wanna push harder ! ......that went so deep on me.
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 as long as its daylight we just keep doing her ! immense quote
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  • + 1
 why is seasons not available in the canadian itunes store?
  • + 2
 It should be there - might need to change your location. itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/seasons/id554266527
  • + 1
 thanks for the link, not sure why it wasn't showing up, just found Roam on there too but no sign of the collective, am I missing anything or it isn't there?
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 Truck Yeah! Go Stevie! Go Canada!
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 congrats stevie. really sick racing
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 Wish my mum would do that for me!
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 Even prouder than normal to be Canadian.
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 Good Job Stevie and congratulations! Making CANADA Proud!!!
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 So stoked for Stevie
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 STEVIE GIVENR YA BOY
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 song: Wintersleep - Orca
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 Stevie you rock!!
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 he went to my school.
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 Congrats Stevie!!
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 Down ass mom.
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