Worst to First for Dumont

Winter X Games VIII - Superpipe

Aspen, CO Jan. 27, 2004 (ESPN) -- Talk about saving the best for last. Simon Dumont (Bethel, Maine) entered his third, and final, run in Tuesday's Ski SuperPipe final in last place with nothing left to lose.

Turns out he had everything to win. Dumont hit big airs - flying well above 22 feet over the top of the pipe - to nail down the gold and, in a shocking turn of events, knock favorite Tanner Hall out of medal contention all together.

"I just said, 'what the hell' and went for it," Dumont said of his mindset entering the last run. "I just went for it and it all came together."

Jon Olsson (Are, SWE) set the standard just a run before Dumont's with a pair of transfers and big airs to jump from fourth to first. But it was not to be, as Dumont's amplitude was just too much to overcome. "I can't say anything," said Olsson. "Simon is a worthy winner and to watch him, I just wish I could go that big."

Local favorite Peter Olenick (Carbondale, Colo.) was in first for a few riders following a terrific third run where he posted a 91.00 but was later pushed into the bronze position. After qualifying for the X Games just two weeks ago, Olenick now leaves with a pair of medals (silver in Slopestyle and bronze in SuperPipe).

"Tonight was the best night of my life," Olenick said. "I was so stoked to be here. I just want to thank the whole Valley for their support."

SKI SUPERPIPE - Final Results

Final Results from Aspen/Snowmass on January 27, 2004 (final score)

1. Simon Dumont (93.66)
2.Jon Olsson (91.33)
3.Peter Olenick (91.00)
4. Tanner Hall (90.00)
5.Dave Crichton (88.33)
6.Niklas Karlstrom (84.00)
7. Dan Marion (82.00)
8.C.R. Johnson (71.33)
9.Philippe Belanger(57.00)
10.Scott Hibbert (52.66)



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