Ailing Hall picks up another halfpipe win
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BRECKENRIDGE ” Tanner Hall won another major halfpipe competition Sunday, then headed for the hospital before he could collect his $25,000 winnings.
Having a case of the flu didn’t seem to affect the performance of the Montana native, who earned a score of 91.00 on his first run of the day then bowed out of his second.
Hall, who missed the Honda Ski Tour’s first stop in Sun Valley and won the gold medal at the X Games in Aspen, was followed on the podium by Aspen’s Peter Olenick (89.67 points) and Norway’s Andreas Hatveit (88.75).
Olenick, who nailed his patented Whiskey Flip for his initial trick of the day, stomped his first run.
“Pretty much for me, my whole run’s on the first hit,” said the Carbondale skier. “If I land that, I’m usually pretty good.”
Olenick’s first run was so impressive that a sizable section of the crowd booed when his score was announced as being slightly lower than Hall’s.
“You’ve got to always be pumped with what you get, it’s a judged event, it’s all what they like,” Olenick said. “I skied well and I’m stoked. I didn’t take too many runs today, so it’s all coming together for me.”
Olenick, who took 10th in Sun Valley and third in Aspen, is quite familiar with Breck’s halfpipe.
“This is the halfpipe I learned the Whiskey Flip (a double backflip with a twist) on,” Olenick said. “I’m pretty used to it because I ski it all the time.”
As for the first-time Ski Tour competitor from Norway, it was Hatveit’s second run that got him onto the podium.
“(Making the podium’s) what I came to do, pretty much,” Hatveit said. “I did my own thing, did a lot of technical stuff and I felt I got decent height on my last run.”
The 20-year-old has developed a reputation as a highly technical skier.
“That’s what I try to do,” Hatveit said. “It’s what I want to bring to the sport ” more technical stuff like in snowboarding.”
Simon Dumont, who won in Sun Valley and took second to Hall at the X Games, was conspicuously missing from Sunday’s podium.
“It wasn’t my day apparently, Dumont said. “I’m coming for it in Aspen, that’s all I have to say.”
Aspen will be the Ski Tour’s next stop, followed by Squaw Valley, Calif.
Matt Philippi of Breckenridge rounded out the top five with an 87.00 on his final run after scoring a lowly 59.33 his first time down the pipe.
Philippi said the notion of home turf took on a greater meaning this weekend than usual, after the halfpipe final was postponed from Friday to Sunday.
“Well, just the fact that this competition got postponed for two days and I’ve been able to stay at home and not at some hotel or on some floor or couch was helpful,” Philippi said. “I was able to hang out at home and hang out with my buddies as opposed to being on the road somewhere, so that was good.”
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