Ski Champion Defends Throwing Her Toddler Into Snow After Backlash
A ski champion has taken to social media to defend a video she shared of her throwing her son into a bank of snow.
Julia Mancuso, 36, posted footage of herself launching one-year-old son, Sonny, into snow so deep he disappeared.
Many found it hilarious, but some people were quick to slate her parenting skills.
Now she's posted a behind the scenes clip showing Sonny laughing as she threw him in the snow before quickly fishing him out.
In the caption, Julia wrote: "Behind the scenes look at how we prepared. Just wanted to share because I've gotten some messages that just really don't understand this video.
"Sonny loved it - there was zero risk of something being buried in the snow since it happened over the course of a day on our patio - we literally watched the snow fall. We practiced - then we went for it!
"You really don't get these conditions often and can only enjoy the fluffy softness the very next day - so yeah - I don't think it's a good idea to through your kid into any snow bank... but when it snows like this! It's game on."
Julia posted the original video on 30 November and it has garnered over 280,000 likes, though some negative comments have been aimed at her.
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One reads: "Poor baby. Sometimes laugh is combined with anxiety.
"He is too small to say what he really felt."
Someone else added: "He doesn't look like he's enjoying it at all."
A third wrote: "Please don't. He could get buried. Sooo dangerous."
Another commented: "No harm to children until he suffocates and gets a mouthful of snow and aspirates."
In the most recent post, where Julia shows the behind the scenes footage, fans have jumped to her defence.
One wrote: "That kid loves adventure... so fun that you get to share that with him. He loved it!"
Another added: "I thought this was hysterical from first posting - from one [snow] lover and mom to another!!
"All the negative comments are ridiculous - you certainly would NEVER put your sweet Sonny at risk, in snow, on snow, in or on water. Anywhere for that matter!"
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/juliamancuso
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