Hawk explains that because Weddle was the first to commit the hoax, it should be named after him. The Weddle is often referred to as the “mute, quiet guy,” Hawk says, and so the mute atmosphere is created. Hawk admits that he and the other figure skaters have innocently accompanied the name, not realizing that Weddle may disagree with the name.
“In recent years, a few people have contacted Chris (who is still skating) about the trick and the name it has been given,” says Hawk. “He was very polite in his response but it was clear that another name would honor his legacy, as he is deaf but not lacking in speaking ability. I asked him in year.” last time I was investigating the origin of the trick and he said he would more correctly name it ‘deaf’ or ‘wedge’ if given a choice. “Hawk says Weddle’s exact words are “I’m deaf, not dumb.” When players launch THPS 1 + 2, they’ll find that this trick is now called Weddle Grab.
“It will be a challenge to break the old habit of saying names, but I think Chris deserves credit.”
You can do the Weddle Grab yourself in THPS 1 + 2 this Friday when the Stock Demo goes live August 14. Remember to see impressions THPS 1 + Demo Warehouse Demo 2 of us while we wait for the demo to appear online.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide producer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.