The Next Superstar

 Meet Toby Miller ... snowboarding's next superstar? Photo courtesy of Josh Schwartz.

Meet Toby Miller ... snowboarding's next superstar? Photo courtesy of Josh Schwartz.

I just finished up a piece for ESPN.com about the rise of talent scouts in action sports. It's a story I've been working on for a while and it's nice to see if finally live. This one crossed into many sports -- surfing, skiing, snowboarding, motocross, skateboarding -- and looked at how increasingly younger athletes are now being "scouted" by managers, coaches, agents and more,  a relatively new phenomenon in action sports. These kids, and some of them are as young as eight years old, are being molded into superstars -- with professional coaching, media training, big-money sponsorships, and more. On the upside, these young athletes are getting incredible opportunities. But are they also missing out on a chance to just be a normal kid? You can read the full story here.