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Olenick, Hadar head down Highway 82

Joelle Milhom
Vail, CO Colorado
ESPN Images/Tony DonaldsonPeter Olenick returns to the X Games this year.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The X Games will be nothing new for Peter Olenick and Laura Hadar.

Both were born in Carbondale and both competed in last year’s games.

For Olenick, this will be his fifth games and he will be looking to add to his medal collection. Olenick took silver in skiing slopestyle in 2004 and bronze in skiing superpipe the same year.

Last year, Olenick took seventh in the superpipe and couldn’t compete in slopestyle because X Games canceled it and replaced it with a skiing best trick event because the slopestyle course was too slow due to too much snow.

Hadar, a Yampah Mountain High School graduate, will be back on the women’s snowboard slopestyle course, hoping to improve upon her 16th-place finish last year.

For Hadar, preparing for the X Games takes a back seat to making backcountry snowboarding films to promote women in the sport. While she now lives in Salt Lake City, she travels around making movies for Misschief Films.

“It’s really cool to have a company to make movies for and it’s nice to push girls’ snowboarding and show where it’s at right now,” Hadar said.

Hadar did compete in Sessions in Vail earlier this month and took home $1,150 in cash prizes for her success at the event.

Olenick, who has been featured in a number of Warren Miller movies, continues to make more movies for Teton Gravity Research and Poor Boyz.

If Hadar makes it to the finals, she’ll compete at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. If Olenick can make the final cut in superpipe, he’ll go for another medal at 8 p.m. Saturday night. He’ll also hope to be in the running for a gold in slopestyle finals at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.


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