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Men's Ski SuperPipe Report
2005 Winter X Games
Report from ESPN on the Men's Ski Superpipe competition at the 2005
Winter X Games which took place on Tuesday, February 1, 2005.
DUMONT, AMPLITUDE WIN OUT IN SUPERPIPE
Earns second gold in a row; Hall settles for silver
Aspen, Colorado - Tanner Hall has left the Winter X Games with at least
one gold medal around his neck in each of the past four years. On
Tuesday night in the Menís Skiing SuperPipe contest he had a chance
to keep that streak alive with a superb score on his final run of the night.
Hall put up his usual stellar run, with a 540 and a big 1080 to finish
it off, but it wasnít to be. Simon Dumontís high-flying style won out
by less than two points to help the 18-year-old from Bethel, Maine
capture back-to-back golds in the event.
It was an all-or-nothing night for Dumont, who routinely approached
20 feet of height above the lip of the pipe on his way to a second
run score of 92.66 that held up.
"I try to go really big all the time," said Dumont. "I had bigger
skis this time which gave me more speed. It really worked out for
me. I am really, really happy. I wouldnít have cared if Tanner
would have won."
Hall, who has four gold and two silver in his Winter X career,
missed out on a four-peat in Slopestyle on Sunday and had to
settle for a silver Tuesday. Needless to say, it is a position
that he isnít used to in Aspen.
"I just want to thank everyone for coming out to Aspen to check
us out," said Hall. "I am really psyched to be on the podium."
Jon Olsson (Are, Sweden) clinched the bronze with his second
run score of 87.00 to improve his career Winter X medal count
to one gold, one silver and five bronze.
"Iím just happy to be on the podium," said Olsson. "I tend to
play it a little safe. I guess when you are 22 years old you
are old and scared. These kids just drop into the pipe like
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