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The Lure of Sochi

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Lure of Sochi

Photograph By Joshua Duplechian/ESPN

Many freeskiing and snowboarding athletes who might have considered retiring from their sports are staying in the game longer for a chance to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where ski and snowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe will make their Olympic debuts. I feel as if the Olympics has extended my competition career, says halfpipe skier Simon Dumont, who has competed at the X Games for the past 12 years. My plan is to do the Olympics, hopefully medal and move on to other aspects of freeskiing.