Updated: March 13, 2012, 9:19 PM ET

Simon Dumont injures knee

Simon Dumont injures knee during pipe practice at WX Tignes, pulls out of contest

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Brett Wilhelm/ESPNSimon Dumont training in the halfpipe in Tignes, France, on Monday.

Eight-time Winter X Games medalist Simon Dumont sustained a right knee injury Monday during halfpipe training for Winter X Games Tignes. Dumont was scheduled to compete in the men's Ski SuperPipe finals Friday.

Dumont will not compete this week in France and instead is heading back to the U.S. to further determine the extent of the injury.

"I am bummed about my knee," Dumont told ESPN. "I was feeling good and ready to go. But I'm off to see the best docs and get an MRI."

This is Dumont's first knee injury in his 12-year freeskiing career.

"I'm ready for the healing process to begin," he said, "so that I can get back and be stronger than ever."

The men's ski halfpipe field has been hit with a number of injuries recently, including Dumont's. Defending WX Tignes SuperPipe gold medalist Kevin Rolland also injured his knee and was forced to pull out of this week's competition. Tucker Perkins recently tore his ACL and is undergoing surgery soon.

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