Birthplace: Bethel, Maine
Resides in: Dillon, Colo.
Years in X Games: 8
2010 events: skiing superpipe, big air, slopestyle and high air
X Games veteran Simon Dumont has a premonition.
Come the 2014 Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia, skiing superpipe will be an Olympic event, says Dumont.
It’s a battle Dumont has been fighting for years, particularly since his one-planking brethren have had the chance to shine in the pipe at the Olympics since 1998.
“You are preaching to the choir,” Dumont says when asked why halfpipe skiing isn’t an Olympic sport. “It’s just that Austria is so stuck on one style of skiing.”
Hopefully, that fight will be won in four years, says Dumont, who is known for his jaw-dropping amplitude in the superpipe.
“I’m calling it in 2014,” says Dumont, who owns eight X Games medals, including five in the superpipe, two of which are gold. “If not I’m boycotting and it’s going to get ugly.”
International Olympic Committee frustrations aside, Dumont knows what the X Games are all about and he relishes every year he participates.
“We want to put on a good show at our Olympics, which are the X Games,” he says, noting the four days of television coverage provides the biggest stage many action sports athletes will ever see.
Dumont’s first X Games were in 2002, the same year the event made its debut in Aspen. The native Mainer who now resides in Summit County, Colo. says he likes to make the two hour trek to Aspen whenever possible, particularly during X Games.
“I love coming to Aspen,” he said. “Everyone is super psyched to have us there, the course is great and there is amazing food. I’ll go to (renowned Aspen sushi restaurant) Matsu every night — if someone else is paying.”
Photo by Zach Ornitz/Aspen Daily News
Simon Dumont has built his reputation on going bigger than other competitors, and doing it with style.