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Results from the first Rev Tour halfpipe qualifer at Copper Mountain

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the next batch of Revolution Tour competitors.

On Wednesday afternoon, Copper Mountain played host to the first halfpipe competition of the season with a qualifier for the Rev Tour, held Dec. 7 on the same pipe the hopefuls rode today.

The chance to vie for a spot on the Rev Tour brought 52 athletes from across the nation, including California, Oregon, Wisconsin, the East Coast and, of course, right here in Colorado. There were even a few international competitors from Canada and Greenland.

The Rev Tour is a stepping-stone program for U.S. Freeskiing and the USA Snowboarding Association, considered the "little leagues" of youth skiing and riding. The tour is the fastest way for up-and-coming snowboarders and freeskiers (ages 13-19) to reach the upper echelons for both sports: the Grand Prix, Dew Tour, X Games and, with any luck, the Olympics.

In Colorado, the tour is part of the fiercely competitive Rocky Mountain Series. It's the gateway to it all for American and international hopefuls, and, for the first time this season, the tour isn't open to just anyone who registers. It now requires a qualifier, hence the early-season competition on a gorgeous, completely cloudless day at the first superpipe in North America. All athletes who weren't already pre-qualified and finished on the podium earned a "Golden Ticket" — their official invite to the Rev Tour in medal form.

In the men's open snowboard division, top honors went to Chase Blackwell of Longmont with a whopping 96.5 points. The Never Summer-sponsored rider linked two inverted 900s in back-to-back flawless runs oozing with style and amplitude. Coming in second with 94.25 was Josh Bowman of Mammoth Lakes, California, visiting with 10 other athletes from the Mammoth team. Third went to Eagle native Rakai Tait with a score of 88.75.

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For the women's open snowboard, Edwards native Mary Prantis took first with a score of 81.25. Behind her was McKinzie Johnson of Park City at 76.25 and Moe Sweet of Golden with 58.25. Fittingly enough, the Golden boarder earned a Golden Ticket.

The largest division of the day, men's youth skier (13-15 years old), drew 17 competitors from every corner of the U.S. First place went to Sammy Schuiling of Steamboat Springs with 89.75, followed closely in second by Sam Ward of Truckee, California with 86.25. Jackson Hipple of New Hampshire rounded out the podium with an 82.

Team Summit snowboarder Blake Moller of Avon took first in the youth men's division with a score of 85. Moller was already qualified for Rev Tour, and so Golden Ticket honors went to second-place finisher Taiaroa Tait, another Avon local, with 67 points. In third was Kurt Hishino of Huntington Beach, California with 54.25.

Rev Tour qualifier results

Open snowboard, men (13 total)

1. Chase Blackwell, Longmont — 96.50

2. Josh Bowman, Mammoth Lakes — 94.25

3. Rakai Tait, Eagle — 88.75

Open snowboard, women (5 total)

1. Mary Prantis, Edwards — 81.25

2. McKinzie Johnson, Park City — 76.25

3. Moe Sweet, Golden — 58.25

Open skier, men (6 total)

1. Jaspen Donley, Lake Tahoe — 86.25

2. Felix Coudouy, Edwards — 75.00

3. Peter Raich, Park City — 72.25

Open skier, women (3 total)

1. Sierra Bowman, Mammoth Lakes — 70.50

2. Carly Margulies, Mammoth Lakes — 69.25

3. Laila Friss-Salling, Greenland — 57.75

Youth snowboard, men (6 total)

1. Blake Moller, Avon — 85.00

2. Taiaroa Tait, Avon — 67.00

3. Kurt Hishino, Huntington Beach — 54.25

Youth snowboard, women (1 total)

1. Kai Shafer, Trabuco Canyon — 71.75

Youth skier, men (17 total)

1. Sammy Schuiling, Steamboat Springs — 89.75

2. Sam Ward, Truckee — 86.25

3. Jackson Hipple, Center Tuftonboro — 82.00

Youth skier, women (1 total)

1. Svea Irving, Winter Park — 73.00