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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."