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Frisco’s Tuffelmire named High Performer of Games

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news
Dominique Taylor/Vail Daily Frisco resident and Copper Freeride Team member Greg Tuffelmire was named the Saturn Red Line High Performer of the Winter Gravity Games and got a free $30,000 SUV.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – It’s not whether you win or lose … as long as you get a free automobile.Frisco resident and Copper Mountain Freeride Team member Greg Tuffelmire was named the Saturn Red Line High Performer of the Winter Gravity Games on Sunday, and received a free Saturn sport utility vehicle for the distinction.

Tuffelmire, 28, accepted his black $30,000 Saturn Vue Red Line in a brief ceremony at Copper’s Burning Stones Plaza surrounded by Saturn and Outdoor Life Network representatives as well as plenty of his friends and Copper staff.Saturn sales promotion manager Tony Parrottino said he and his associates chose Tuffelmire for his progression within freeskiing, which Tuffelmire exhibited on Saturday when he began each of his final five superpipe runs with a 1260. He is the only skier in history to land that trick in a pipe competition.”I think it’s all about his accomplishment (with the 1260),” Parrottino said. “Him being local is great. It’s great for the local boys and girls in the family, but I think that’s just a part of it.”

Tuffelmire, a longtime veteran of the park-and-pipe freeskiing movement who is known for his cheerful personality and long blonde hair, finished 13th in the Gravity pipe competition largely because the 1260s took away so much of his momentum for the rest of his runs. Still, he received huge ovations after each trip down the pipe befitting his popularity in the sport, both locally and beyond.”It’s awesome,” he said, standing next to his new automobile. “This is not a bad day. You might see me on the streets of Frisco in this.”

Devon O’Neil can be contacted at 9970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or

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