Three X-Games competitors from Carbondale |

Three X-Games competitors from Carbondale

More than 230 of the world’s best athletes will be showing off their skills and skiing or riding toward victories today through Tuesday at Winter X-Games 10 in Aspen.

Three of those athletes hail from Carbondale and will be throwing down their best tricks with the hopes of dangling gold medals from their necks by the finish.

Peter Olenick, who already owns a silver medal from the 2004 X Games slopestyle and a bronze from the superpipe of the same year, tops the list of valley natives.

Olenick will once again be competing in skiing slopestyle and skiing superpipe. The 21-year-old Aspen ski team member will first vie for another medal in slopestyle, with the qualifying round taking place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday and, if he makes it, the final later that day from 1:30-3 p.m.

He’ll be back in action on Tuesday when he hits the superpipe, skiing in the qualifier from 10 a.m. to noon and hoping to make it to the finals, taking place from 6-8:15 p.m., later that day.

Laura Hadar, the valley’s lone female representative, will be riding in the women’s slopestyle. Hadar was born in Carbondale, then lived in Aspen, then went to Yampa Mountain School and now lives in Salt Lake City.

The 21-year-old will debut in her first X Games event on Friday in the snowboard slopestyle qualifying round from 10 a.m. to noon. If she scores high enough to make it to the finals, she will compete for a medal Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rounding out the valley trio is Ross Trulove, who will be racing in men’s snowboarder X. The 24-year-old, who was born in Glenwood Springs, moved to Carbondale and graduated from Roaring Fork High School in 1999, is no stranger to the X Games and will be competing in it for the third time.

The qualifying round for the men’s snowboarder X is slated to go from 10 a.m. to noon, if Trulove qualifies, he will aim for his first medal in the finals from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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