Breckenridge’s Bobby Brown crowned freeski slopestyle Dew champ
After dominating on the slopes all season, 19-year-old Bobby Brown of Breckenridge concluded the Toyota Championship as the overall men’s freeski slopestyle Dew Cup champion. Brown narrowly missed the podium in Sunday’s final with a fourth-place finish, but earned enough points to push him to the top of the freeski slopestyle rankings and take home the coveted Cup.
With his hometown cheering him on, Park City native Alex Schlopy, 18, won his first Winter Dew Tour final in men’s freeski slopestyle. On the women’s front, Canadian Kay Turski, 22, landed on top of the podium with a winning score of 89.50.
“I’m super stoked about winning the Dew Cup,” said Brown. “It’s great to be out here in the sunny weather here in Snowbasin and to end up winning. I’m pumped.”
“It’s crazy to have won. I’ve been looking at those Dew Tour trophies for a long time, and I finally got one so I’m stoked,” said Schlopy. “It’s a beautiful day out here, and we’re having fun. It’s Utah, my hometown state so it’s good.
“I’m just really excited to have won today,” said Turski. “I pulled it together, and I’m really stoked on my season so far so I hope I can just keep it going.”
After winning the first two stops of the Winter Dew Tour season, both Torstein Horgmo and Jamie Anderson set themselves up as prime candidates for the Dew Cup in the men and women’s snowboard slopestyle finals, respectively. While neither athlete took the top podium position in their final Sunday, Horgmo’s third-place finish and Anderson’s second-place finish were enough to name them Dew Cup champions.
The finals were part of the Toyota Championship, which had record-breaking attendance with over 44,300 people experiencing the four-day event, making it the highest-attended Winter Dew Tour event in the Tour’s history by over 10,000.
Heading into his second and final run, Horgmo, age 23 from Norway, sat in 10th place with the Cup just out of grasp as first-place finisher Eric Willett of Breckenridge and then to second-place finisher Mark Mcmorris of Canada slide into Dew Cup contention.
In the end, Horgmo earned a 93.75 which was enough for him to stay at the top of the leaderboard in the final point standings of the season and earn his first Dew Cup of his career.
Willett, 23, won the men’s snowboard slopestyle final with a competition-crushing run that included a switch back 12 double cork to front 10 double cork to earn a score of 97.25. Mcmorris, 17, finished in second with a 95.00 and Horgmo’s third-place score was a 93.75.
“I’m so stoked to be out here and put down a run like that,” said Willett. “I’ve wanted this for three years now. I’ve always been on the podium, always looking up, but finally I was able to get on top at the last stop. It’s a perfect way to finish out my snowboarding season and with a win like this. It’s incredible.”
On the women’s front, 34-year-old Janna Weatherby of Big Bear, Calif., earned a top score of 96.00. Anderson, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. followed behind with a second-place score of 95.00 and Canada’s Spencer O’Brien, 23, came in third with a 91.75. Anderson’s finish earned her the second consecutive Dew Cup of her career.
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