Simon Dumont in Photos
Simon Dumont has been a competitive freeskier for more than 12 years. He first competed in the X Games at age 14, in 2002. Since then, he's won nine X Games medals in Big Air and SuperPipe.
Dumont hoped to compete in his sport's Olympic debut but a knee injury prevented him from earning the qualifying scores he needed. "My main goal is to leave skiing in an iconic fashion," Dumont says.
Secret to Success
His tactics for staying in the game so long? "It has been a lot of hard work. I think a lot of people just see skiing as fun, but I've looked at it a lot differently," Dumont says. "This is my job, so I do a lot to ensure longevity."
In January 2013, Dumont earned his ninth career X Games medal when he placed third in Men's Ski SuperPipe at X Games Aspen.
Dumont, right, who's originally from Bethel, Maine, on the podium at X Games Aspen 2013 with David Wise, center, and Torin Yater-Wallace. It was an American sweep.
Dumont photographed at the fifth annual Dumont Cup, his invitational slopestyle contest at his home resort of Sunday River in Maine.
At X Games Tignes 2013, Dumont placed fifth. In the 11 years he's been competing at X Games, he's never once missed qualifying for finals in SuperPipe.
Dumont photographed at X Games Aspen. "X Games has been the most pivotal event of the season for years," Dumont says. "Halfpipe skiing wouldn't be in the Olympics if it weren't for the X Games."
Dumont and fellow Red Bull athlete Kaya Turski signing autographs for fans at X Games Aspen.
"As you get older, it does take more time to come back from [injuries], so in the last year I sat down and said, 'All right, do you want to do this?" Dumont says.