Painful to watch
There are watchers and there are doers.Kalispell, Mont., homeboy Tanner Hall, hotshot of X Games past, qualifies as both a doer and a watcher.He competed in the finals of both the ski slopestyle and ski superpipe at Winter X Games Nine at Buttermilk. So he’s a doer.He also stood in the finish areas after his runs, looking on as the gold medals in both events were snatched away by lesser-known competitors. So he’s a watcher.Roughly 70,000 people made their way to the base of Buttermilk Mountain between Friday and Tuesday to watch the games. That’s a lot of people. The cool thing is that most of them are doers and watchers just like Hall – they watch skiing competitions and they actually ski. Even better is the fact that about 69,995 of those fans don’t carry around an attitude like the one Hall displayed for newspaper readers and television viewers all around the world. To quote The Aspen Times, “Meanwhile, Hall strutted around the finish area like a peacock, jawing at anyone who cared to listen.” Plenty of people did in fact care to listen as Hall tried to cope with the fact that he was second best – the “first loser” in some people’s eyes. It was painful to see a doer like Hall – one who is used to “doing gold” – cope with less than expected. Most of what he said will hopefully be forgotten, and he can assume his rightful place in history among the great skiers and snowboarders of the early action sports era. Meanwhile, there are plenty of locals who didn’t spend any of their time watching at Buttermilk. Doers one and all, they spent their time on their skis or snowboards partaking of the fantastic conditions that have settled in around the resort.On Tuesday, the conditions were excellent just about anywhere you laid ’em down. With cold temperatures overnight, Wednesday’s stashes were equally rewarding.
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