A ski champion and mum has defended a video of her throwing her young child into a bank of snow.
Julia Mancuso, 36, shared footage to Instagram of herself launching her one-year-old son, Sonny, into the thick snow that was so deep he disappeared.
She quickly rescued the tot much to the amusement of the person behind the camera.
The video was seen more than 280,000 times when it was posted back in November, with many viewers finding it funny and cute.
But the former Olympic champion was also criticised by some, who called the act “horrible” and “irresponsible”.
“He doesn't look like he's enjoying it at all,” one viewer claimed while another wrote: “Please don't. He could get buried. Sooo dangerous."
Julia has now shared a “behind the scenes” clip to defend her actions, which showed the build up to her viral video.
“Just wanted to share because I've gotten some messages [from people] that just really don't understand this video,” she explained in the caption.
“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.”
The new clip showed Sonny giggling as his mum teased throwing him before eventually doing so.
And, in the comments section, Julia was widely supported by viewers.
“We used to do the same thing with our future little skiers,” one said.
Another wrote: “You are amazing and shouldn’t even have to explain this to the judgmental mum shaming people who have probably never even seen snow.”
“Honestly, who cares?” a third asked. “The snow is soft and fluffy and he’s an infant! They are made of rubber bands.
Even doctors have said the baby was in no danger. “While I can’t see what’s under that snow, I cannot see anything in this video that makes me concerned for the baby’s safety,” Dr David Hill told TODAY Parents.
“He appears well bundled for the temperature, and the parents appear attentive to the environment and the baby’s wellbeing.”
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