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Local Wint head and shoulders above the rest

Team Breck and Breck Pro athlete Emilia Wint finished Saturday's women's freeski slopestyle semifinal head and shoulders above her competition.

Today, she'll head into the final leading the pack with an 87.50, a score pulled from her first run on Saturday morning.

She's among five other women who made the final event - Anna Segal (Australia) had an 82.50, Kaya Turski (Canada) landed an 81.75, Dara Howell (Canada) scored an 81.00, Yuki Tsubota (Canada) had an 80.25 and Park City's Ashley Battersby scored a 77.50 in Saturday's slopestyle action.

Keri Herman, another Breckenridge athlete, didn't stick either run on Saturday and put herself in last place among the semifinal contenders. She nearly stomped her second run before landing on the knuckle on the money jump at the bottom. Clearly disappointed, Herman admitted that her feet hurt after the fall and that the snow slowed her down unpredictably.

Snow falling throughout the day on Saturday affected skiers differently, slowing the speed between jumps and forcing skiers to adjust their waxes to find the right combination.

"It's not great for today, but in the scheme of things, it's good for the season," she said.

Still, Herman looks forward to the upcoming season.

"This season's going to be awesome," she said. "I'm so excited."

Meanwhile, Wint is psyched to be entering the finals so far ahead of her competition. The game isn't over yet, but she's feeling confident.

"I'm competing at my home mountain. I'm sleeping in my own bed. It couldn't be a better situation," Wint said. In her second run, she attempted a 900 but didn't stick it. It's something she wants to accomplish today.

"I'll bring it to my feet tomorrow," she said Saturday.

The men's freeski slopestyle semifinal format included a whopping 31 skiers ready to get rowdy on the slopes with each rider allowed two runs on the course with only the best score counting.

Despite heavy snowfall throughout the duration of the competition, every skiers was able to give it their all and pull off tricks of high technicality.

After the first round of the 31 skiers, it was Tom Wallisch leading the pack. However, the second round brought on a whole slew of different tricks and runs that eventually bumped Wallisch down to the No. 5 spot.

At the end of semis it was James Woods, aka Woodsy, that stomped the best run that earned him a score of 94.50 and the top spot heading into today's final. Woodsy delivered a switch frontside switch-up pretzel 270 on the flat-down rail, disaster lipslide 270 to switch on the down-flat-down rail, switch left corked 720 method, switch right 1080, switch on switch-up blind 270 on the iON cannon, a left double 1080 and a switch right double 1260.

"Qualifying first for Dew Tour is quite special. I am very happy with myself. I came here today with a job to do; that job was to get into finals, and I did that. It is definitely not a win, yet, but it is something I can be very happy with," Woods said.

Nick Goepper and Andreas Hatveit rounded out the top three with a 93.63 and 93.50, respectively.

Others in today's final:

4th Place - Russ Henshaw (Australia), 93.13

5th Place - Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, Penn.), 93.00

6th Place - Henrik Harlaut (Sweden), 87.50

7th Place - Alex Bellemare (Canada), 87.00

8th Place - Gus Kenworthy (Telluride), 86.25

9th Place - Sean Jordan (Moscow, Penn.), 84.75

10th Place - Jf Houle (Canada), 83.25

11th Place - Matt Walker (Aspen), 82.00

12th Place - Aleksander Aurdal (Norway), 81.25


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