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Hernandez among winners at Ultimate Bumps & Jumps

Larry Pierce/Provided to the TribueChris Hernandez, from South Lake Tahoe, pulls off aerial acrobatics during the big air contest Saturday at the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps & Jumps competition in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Hernandez won the free moguls competition, besting top World Cup skiers.

Four events, four winners, $40,000.

That was the formula at the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps & Jumps competition last weekend in Steamboat, Colo., as Tanner Hall, CR Johnson, Chris Hernandez and Toby Dawson each won one of the four free ski events and walked away with $10,000 in prize money.

The grabs, spins and flips began on Saturday with the superpipe and big air competitions, and concluded Monday with free moguls and the event finals: dual free moguls.

The Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps & Jumps will air as a 1 hour special airing on CBS Sports this Sunday, at 2 p.m. following NFL football.

The action began Friday morning with X Games Gold Medallist Hall edging out CR Johnson and Evan Raps to win the superpipe. Later in the day, Johnson came back to win the big air competition, besting Hall in second place and Raps, once again, in third.

“My focus was the superpipe and big air, so I’m happy,” said Johnson. “This is a friendly competition with a new age concept of how to put a course together and we’ve got the best of freestyle and freeskiing here.”

The free ski invitational continued Saturday with Hernandez, from South Lake Tahoe, out-bumping Dawson and Hall to win the free moguls.

“This is such a great event because I get to ski with the top free skiers and mogulists,” said Hernandez, who won the moguls event at Bumps & Jumps in Lake Placid last year. “The rail and the 40 foot table is what we’ve been thinking about for years and someone finally stepped up and did it.”

Dawson, the overall points leader in mogul World Cup standings, topped Greg Trufflemire and Raps Saturday afternoon to face Hall head-to-head in the event finals. After the final run, Dawson defeated Hall by just 1 point for the victory.

“This event is so much fun and I’m just psyched to be skiing with these guys who are in all the movies,” said Dawson, who won a World Cup mogul event in Italy last weekend. “I’m having a fun season and enjoying skiing again and just trying to get my face out there.”

In addition to the four event winners, the competition also featured Jonny Moseley, Evan Raps, Rex Thomas, and Greg Trufflemire.

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