Locals Jim Tomer, Elena Hight going to X Games
Two local athletes are making their first-ever trip to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
South Lake Tahoe’s Jimi Tomer will compete in men’s slopestyle event, and Zephyr Cove resident Elena Hight is going to Aspen as an alternate in women’s superpipe.
Both riders call Heavenly their home mountain.
For Tomer and many other skiers and boarders, the X Games represent the pinnacle of winter sports. In preparation for the event, Tomer has been practicing and racing in several smaller competitions.
“I just did the Triple Crown to get ready for it,” he said. “I’ve been riding and learning new tricks. I’m feeling pretty good. I want to try to do well.
“This is my first (X Games), so that’s why it’s cool,” he added.
Hight, 13, is only in the eighth grade at Kingsbury Middle School, and is undoubtedly the envy of many a teen-age girl and boy who would love to travel to Aspen for a possible spot on national TV in the Winter X Games.
Her mother, Myra, said her daughter has been competing since she was 7 years old. Earlier this year, Elena raced in two pro events. She finished eighth in her first, and third place in the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix earlier this month in Breckenridge, Colo.
“She’s always been competitive and athletic,” Myra Hight said. “(But) it is a double-edged sword, both exciting and scary at the same time.”
Myra has some advice for parents who may have hopes of sending their own children off to a future X Games competition.
“It’s a pretty dangerous sport, so I would say if you want your kids to do it, forget it, because it’s not worth it,” she said. “But if your kids really want to do it, if they have the drive, then you just have to support them as best you can. The only reason I say that is because it’s been a long, scary road … scary when you’re watching your kids do all these wild tricks.”
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