The Inertia

Here, Hold My Kid is a new documentary film that chronicles professional skiers Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso embracing new motherhood without missing a beat in their athletic careers. The pair embark on a journey that has them wrangling kids, tackling big descents, and engaging in some good-natured competition as they trek across the world in their quest to balance parenting and shredding.

As to the origin of the film, Paaso explained that, “Any parent knows that traveling with a one-year-old can be a nightmare. Seeing that Elyse and I like a challenge we thought, why not make it two one-year-olds traveling around the world while starring in and producing our own film? Challenge accepted, and while there may not have been any blood, there was a lot of sweat and tears!” The newly-released teaser shares a glimpse into some of the sources of those sweat and tears: crying kids, goofy challenges, and at least one pretty intense wipeout.

“Jackie and I didn’t want to hide from being new moms as professional athletes, but rather throw a spotlight on trying to blend the two life endeavors,” said Saugstad of the film. “What ensued was lots of laughter, some great skiing, and the undervalued talent of still getting our kids to bed on time.”

Here, Hold My Kid will have its world premiere at the end of September at the High Five Festival in Annecy, France. The film is set to release online in November. More information can be found here. Elyse’s husband Cody Howard spoke with us about the film, and watching kids as his wife shredded, in this podcast.


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