There were no victory laps for the women snowboarders on Saturday in the superpipe.
Top riders in the 2012 Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships went down early in their runs, putting the pressure on for a good performance in their second round. Only Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, Idaho) stuck both her runs.
Farrington edged her way into the finals, and used the opportunity to showcase her arsenal. She threw tricks with more difficulty than she did in the semis, setting the bar with an 85.00 early on.
She stepped it up in the second round, cleaning up her run to land a 90.00 from the judges from her backside 900, frontside 900, backside 540, alley-oop 540, backside air and frontside 720. It was a more technical run, and though she had less amplitude, the judges awarded the difficulty.
"I'm so excited. I barely squeaked into finals," Farrington said. "I knew I had a lot more tricks I could do in finals, so I was happy to be able to make it to finals and do those tricks I wanted to do yesterday. ... I've been working on front 9s since the end of last season, so it was a great feeling to get them back-to-back and it's what I wanted to do at this contest and I was hoping to and I'm glad it all just came together for me."
Meanwhile, the favorite heading into finals, Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.) sat down halfway through her first run, not quite making the rotation on her frontside 900 and landing a score of 44.75. Spain's Queralt Castellet and South Lake Tahoe's Elena Hight were also thought to be a solid competitors for the top slot, but their first runs ended in a 31.25 and 21.50, respectively.
Neither the 29-year-old Clark nor the 23-year-old Hight finished their second runs, earning a 44.75 and 39.50, respectively, from the judges. It appeared that Clark got caught in the sluff at the bottom of the pipe and went careening over her toe edge down the base of the pipe.
"It's never a good feeling to see your friends fall," Farrington said. "I was bummed to see her fall because she's been riding so well throughout the past two years. But it was just a good feeling that I landed my runs. I'm just so stoked to land both my runs."
Castellet, on the other hand, stomped her second run for an 80.00 and second place, and the 18-year-old Maddy Schaffrick (Steamboat Springs) used her first run score of 71.75 to secure third place.
Farrington is looking to take her win as a sign of the season and use upcoming competitions to continue to improve.
"It's definitely a good step forward into this season. I was just stoked to make it into finals yesterday, barely, so it feels good to come out today on top."