January 31, 2006
Aspen, Colo. (X Games Press Release)—Less than a year ago, Tanner Hall shattered both his ankles. Now he's once again holding Winter X Games gold.
Hall (Park City, Utah) registered a 92.66 on his second jump to move past then-leader Simon Dumont (Bethel, Maine) and take the lead in Skiing SuperPipe Men's competition. That score would hold up for Hall's fifth career Winter X Games gold medal, his eighth overall, and place him in a four-way tie for most Winter X Games medals in history. Hall, who held the top spot after the qualifying round (93.33), found himself in third place after his first run before delivering a combo of tricks on his second that started with a Japan 540, and included a 900 to an alley-oop 540 before finishing with a 1080. After skipping the Skiing Slopestyle Men's competition to focus on SuperPipe, Hall was gratified with the result.
"The pipe victory was my last big goal, Hall said. "It helped to skip Slopestyle, and helped me achieve my ultimate goal, Hall said. "I can't believe how many people came out on a Tuesday night. The level of energy at Aspen is unbelievable.
Laurent Favre (La Clusaz, France) was the leader after the first run (88.00), but after being passed by both Hall and Dumont, he needed a big performance in his third to raise his position on the podium. He opened with a massive double grab alley-oop that launched him more than 20 ft. above the pipe, then threw a true tailgrab 720 and a multitude of switch tricks, earning a 91.00 that bumped him ahead of Dumont.
"This is amazing. I wasn't expecting to do pipe, said Favre. "I just learned six days ago that I was going to do it. I'm not even a pipe rider.[NEXT]Dumont fought through a painful back injury in his attempt to earn a threepeat in Skiing SuperPipe competition, briefly taking the lead after a second jump that included a corked truck driver 540 and a big 1080 before Hall responded with his gold medal run.
"Even though my back was killing me, there was no way I was going to disappoint all the fans that came out to see me, Dumont said. "I was just trying to stretch it out and do the best run I could.
WINTER X GAMES 10
Winter X Games 10, held in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., January 28-31, 2006, is the world's premier annual winter action sports competition. The event features more than 230 athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: Moto X, Skiing, Snowboard and SnoCross.
Winter X Games 10 features 15 hours of live programming on ESPN and ABC. The complete television schedule can be found on www.expn.com.