Simon Dumont's Path From a Devastating Injury to the Winter X Games Podium
Simon Dumont shouldn’t have been on the Superpipe podium last month in Aspen. Based on the condition of his wrists, he probably shouldn’t have had more than a commentator role at Winter X Games. Instead, there he stood on Day 2, a Bronze Medal around his neck and a left wrist wrapped in tape.
There are characteristics about elite athletes that set them apart from the rest of us, and talent is just part of it. It’s also intestinal fortitude and a determination and dedication to put everything on the line. Dumont wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines despite his badly injured left wrist; that’s why he’s him and we’re us.
Just five weeks prior to the Superpipe Elimination round, a run gone awry at Dew Tour in Breckenridge resulted in the mangling of that left wrist and a broken right wrist. Surgery followed. It took 11 pins and three screws to put the wrist back together. When he arrived in Aspen, the then-nine-time X Games medalist was still incapable of holding poles and harbored no real expectations.
Run after run, from practice through the finals, his confidence and swagger returned. Every fall had his team and his fans clenching the teeth thinking the worst, but he kept dropping. In a matter of days he was getting more amplitude and doing all those things that had made him one of skiing’s most decorated competitors. When he narrowly qualified through the Elimination Round, his competitive nature took hold.
In the Finals, he appeared to be the Simon of old: launching 15 feet above the pipe and smoothly linking one trick with the next. When he posted an 85.66, suddenly, a spot on the podium was real. He hung out at the bottom of the pipe, waiting to see if his tenth medal would actually happen.
In the second episode of Network A’s “Drop In,” the horror of of the accident and the return to the podium is relived in vivid detail and in Simon’s own words.