Winter X Games: Park City's Hall gets record gold

Published January 25, 2008 1:33 am
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ASPEN, Colo. - Tanner Hall won another duel with his buddy Simon Dumont on Thursday and earned a spot in the record books with it.

Hall and Dumont have had a history of back-and-forth duels at the Winter X Games in ski superpipe, including a rousing showdown last year. Hall, who trains in Park City, jumped to the lead in the first round this time around and bettered it in the second, breaking the career record for most career gold medals with his seventh.

Hall broke the record he shared with snowboarders Shaun White and Shaun Palmer, and became the first three-peat ski superpipe champion. He also tied for the all-time record for most medals, with 10, and became the first rider to win three titles in two different disciplines.

''The last few years, it's been Simon and me, and he took it to a serious level,'' Hall said. ''This kid right here next to me pushes me harder than anyone else in the halfpipe.''

Dumont had the bigger tricks, particularly on a spectacular final run, but Hall packed more into his runs, landing two more tricks than his buddy. Hall opened with 90 points, good enough for first place, and followed with a 92.33 on his second run. He earned a victory lap when Dumont's final run, which included five tricks to Hall's seven, netted 91 points.

''I knew it'd be something to enjoy because every year it's me and Tanner, and he killed it,'' Dumont said.

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