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Vermonter Goes for X-Games Gold...Again!

No, not  snowboarding, Snocross.  A field of snow is T.J. Gulla's playground.

"Well this stuff is just fun.  I'm smiling the whole time.  I'm just out here playing," says Gulla.

Don't be fooled, what looks like all fun is actually big business for this world class athlete who's home for the holidays.

Gulla is one of the premier names in professional snocross which is part nascar, part motocross, on a suped up sled and of course, snow.

"I didn't actually start riding snowmobiles a lot until I was about 15.  We were just looking for something to do in the winter time."

T.J.'s father bought him a snowmobile and the rest is history.  He turned pro at sixteen and now at twenty-six he's a seasoned professional with a  lot of hardware, including a gold medal from the 2003  X-games.

"When you're standing on top of the podium and there's 70,000 people in the crowd cheering you on and congratulating you, it's definitely awesome.  It's one of those things that you never forget."

T.J.'s impressive resume doesn't just include a gold medal from the X-games.  He's also won two world championships. All that success doesn't come without sacrifice.

"It's hard on the body.  I've broken just about every bone in my body I think. More than once."

He also spends six month out of the year away from home traveling from race to race.

"You definitely get sick of living out of a suitcase."

It's almost time for TJ to hit the road again.  Hopefully his next stop is back atop the podium at the 2008 X-Games wearing a gold medal around his neck. 

Shawna Lidsky - Channel 3 Sports

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