Tomer takes home a bronze from Winter X Games
February 3, 2003
South Lake Tahoe’s Jimi Tomer is bringing home a bronze medal, following a third-place finish in men’s snowboarding slopestyle competition at the Winter X Games last weekend in Aspen, Colo.
Tomer finished third with a best score of 91, leaving him behind teen-age phenom Shaun White, who finished first with 95 and Jussi Oksanen’s second-place score of 93.67.
Tomer scored an 87.33 on his first run, and a 91 on his second.
Tomer was unavailable for comment following the event, as he prepares to return to the Lake Tahoe area. However, his roommate, Tyler Jack of South Lake Tahoe, who rides with him at Heavenly and Sierra-at-Tahoe, said winning a medal at the X Games was Tomer’s dream come true.
“He called me and he was way excited,” Jack said. “It’s something that is hard to do. A kid his age coming in and doing as well as he did is exciting for all of us. We’re stoked for him.
“He trains hard every day and takes it seriously. This is what he wants to do,” Jack added. “When you’re a serious snowboarder, any (riding) that you’re doing is training.”
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Elena Hight, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Zephyr Cove, who was making her first X Games appearance, had an accident while practicing for the women’s snowboarding superpipe and did not get the chance to compete.
Hight was set to be the youngest female ever to compete in the Winter X Games.
“It was pretty sad,” said her mom, Myra Hight. “She fell during the practice run right before her qualifying run and hit her head. She clipped the edge of the pipe doing a 900 and it sent her to the ground.
“She’s OK. It was just a minor concussion, but the doctors wouldn’t let her go,” Myra added. “She was very disappointed.”
South Lake Tahoe’s Corley Howard, who was making his third consecutive appearance at the X Games, fell just .2 seconds below the cut for qualifying for the men’s skiercross competition.
According to Sean Cummings of Achievement Unlimited Academy, an action, sports and executive coaching firm in South Lake Tahoe, Howard remains determined to come back strong in upcoming competitions this year.
“He was disappointed, but he’s fired up to finish the season out strong,” Cummings said of his client. “You have these huge expectations going into something like this, it being his third year in a row. He feels like there’s a lot of pressure, that a lot of folks are looking at him to finish strong.”
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