Olenick misses the cut in men’s superpipe
ASPEN The stage is set for Thursday’s clash of the ski superpipe titans at the Winter X Games. Local standout Peter Olenick will be watching instead of competing.Perennial podium fixtures Tanner Hall and Simon Dumont easily qualified in Wednesdays two-run elimination round. But Olenick, a Carbondale native and 2007 Winter X superpipe bronze medalist, fell on the final hit of his second run and wound up finishing 14th out of 15. Only the top eight qualified for Thursdays three-run final under the lights.Olenick failed to advance for the first time in six appearances. Vails Taylor Seaton, an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club post graduate, finished 11th to miss the cut in his X Games debut.It was a tough break, Olenick said afterward. I knew that I needed to go for it on that second run.He was nearly flawless on Buttermilks new 500-foot long, 22-foot deep superpipe his second time around. With qualification well within reach, Olenick attempted a right-side 720, caught an edge and skidded awkwardly to the snow. A score of 57.66 flashed across the Jumbotron minutes later, dropping Olenick to ninth with much of the field yet to drop. His night was over. It nearly didnt start. During a practice run Tuesday, Olenick landed hard on the pipe deck and slightly dislocated his left ankle. While he said the injury didnt hinder him Wednesday, his face told a different story.I just told myself I have to sack up it and do it, Olenick said. It didnt bother me during the run, only at the top and bottom. Ill rest for the next couple days and get ready for slopestyle.Olenick will not compete again until Sunday. Hall and Dumont, meanwhile headline a strong superpipe field that is sure to create ample drama on Winter Xs opening night. The finalists include Colby West, last years bronze medalist, and high-flying British Columbian Justin Dorey, who posted an 83 on his second run to vault into third. Hall, the seven-time Winter X gold medalist who is gunning for a four-peat tonight, wowed a modest crowd Wednesday with a second run replete with a smooth double backflip off the first hit and a 1260 off the third. The Kalispell, Mont., natives score of 90 was enough to unseat Xavier Bertoni. The Frenchman, the first in the field to drop in Wednesday, posted an 87.66 first-run score.It couldnt have gone any better, Hall said. It was a little more nerve-wracking than usual, not because Im getting old or anything but because tomorrows the big show. If you dont land your runs, you dont make the finals. Its never nice to be in the top spot because youve got to drop last [in the finals]. But if I ski as solid as I did tonight and end up in the top spot tomorrow, Ill take it.Dumont, who has finished second to Hall each of the last three years after winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, qualified sixth with a score of 76.33. While he declined to be specific, the Maine product did say he is ready to put on a show tonight.I have what it takes, and I know what to do, he said. This was the worst part. I hate qualifying because you kind of have to pull back. I hate to pull back.The action begins Thursday at 7:15 firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Tanner Hall / 90.00 / Kalispell, Mont.2. Xavier Bertoni / 87.66/ La Clusaz, France3. Justin Dorey / 83.00 / Vernon, BC, Canada4. Kevin Rolland / 80.00 / La Plagne, France5. Duncan Adams / 76.33 / Breckenridge, Colo.6. Simon Dumont / 76.33 / Bethel, Maine7. Colby West / 75.00 / Breckenridge, Colo.8. AJ Kemppainen / 70.00 / Kuusamo, Finland9. Matt Margetts / 67.66 / Vernon, BC, Canada10. Byron Wells / 66.66 / Wanaka, New Zealand11. Taylor Seaton / 63.33 / Vail, Colo.12. Mike Riddle / 61.33 / Sherwood Park, AB, Canada13. Dan Marion / 59.33 / Windhan, Maine14. Peter Olenick / 57.66 / Aspen, Colo.15. Walter Wood / 47.66 / Evergreen, Colo.
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