Simon Dumont is synonymous with half-pipe skiing. The Maine native is widely credited with pioneering the huge amplitude and double corks now seen in every halfpipe competition. (Photo: Brian Nevins/Red Bull Content Pool)
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When it comes to halfpipe skiing, no discussion is complete without mentioning Simon Dumont. The Maine native has owned the sport over the past decade with ten Winter X Games medals, including two golds (and another gold for Big Air). He also holds the record for highest air on the quarter pipe and was the 2009 AFP overall champion.
Along with his numerous podiums, Dumont's biggest accomplishment has been his influence on the sport's progression. He took halfpipe skiing to new heights—literally—as his gravity-defying amplitude set a new bar for halfpipe skiers. When other competitors stepped up their airs, Dumont stayed ahead of the curve by mastering the double cork, a trick very few skiers at the time were even attempting.
After knocking on the podium door at 2012 events, Dumont suffered a knee injury, sidelining him for the bulk of the season. Recovering strong from his knee injury, Dumont was full of enthusiasm at the first 2013 season event, Dew Tour at Breckenridge, when he suffered a severely broken wrist on his right hand. Then he shattered his left hand and continued to ski with two taped-up wrists. It worked out well. He placed third at X Games Aspen, skiing without the benefit of poles, and then went on to ski well for the rest of his season.
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