Peter’s (X Games) pipe dream
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Peter Olenick has two bronze men’s skiing Winter X Games pipe medals and tonight he’ll be looking to add to his collection, hoping for his first gold.
The Aspen-born, Carbondale-raised 24-year-old won’t have it easy though, as he’ll hit the superpipe with two of the most famous pipe skiers ” Americans Tanner Hall and Simon Dumont. Last year gold went to Hall, who has six Winter X Games golds, the silver went to Dumont, who has an extensive medal collection, and Olenick took the bronze.
Olenick, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School graduate, is no stranger to Hall or Dumont. Dumont, who is currently featured in a spread in Jan. 24’s issue of Rolling Stone, is Olenick’s roommate.
“I live with Simon and he is the man, Olenick said. “We ski together every day so we are good friends.”
Of course, Olenick won’t be doing Dumont any favors when the event goes under the lights and on ESPN at 7 p.m. tonight. He has been spending a lot time in the pipe to prepare for the event.
“I am feeling pretty good about the X Games this year just because of how much pipe I skied last year,” said Olenick, who will also be competing in the men’s skier slopestyle, which starts with the elimination round at 11 a.m. on Sunday. “Pipe is my favorite right now ’cause when you hit tranny right it rules. So I have been skiing a bunch of pipe and I will probably do better in that than slope ” but don’t count me out (on slopestyle).”
The top 10 skiers from Sunday’s 20-skier early session will advance to the finals at noon. Each skier takes two runs and their best score counts.
Olenick finished 11th in slopestyle last year and won the silver in 2004. He competes all winter long at events all over the place, including a first-place finish in the Thanksjibbing rail jam on Aspen Mountain in 2007, but he says there is just something special about the X Games.
“It has a bunch more pressure and the pipe is perfect, but it’s hectic with so much on the line and so many people watching you,” he said.
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