Breck’s Fisher finishes third in Dew Tour finale
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A two-time X Games champion in the pipe, Breckenridge rider Steve Fisher has been at the top of snowboarding for years.
Still, some, particularly those judging contests, felt he’s been lagging behind. More specifically his runs the past year – despite all the amplitude and technicality – have been getting docked in points simply because he had yet to join the double-flipping fad: He was one of the only top riders not to have a variation of the double cork in his repertoire.
That is, until Saturday.
Fisher landed a double-cork 1080 on his second run of the Winter Dew Tour superpipe finals in Ogden, Utah, pulling down a score of 92.0 and taking home a third-place trophy.
Luke Mitrani won the event, the third and final of the series, landing two double-flipping maneuvers and scoring a 97.0. It was his first win in a major competition.
Greg Bretz was second.
Fisher’s strong showing put him in third place in the overall Dew Cup standings. He’s now finished among the top-three every year the series has been run.
Fellow Breck rider J.J. Thomas, who finished in sixth Saturday, was second in the overall.
Louie Vito came into the finale having won both of the first two stops – in Breck and Killington, Vt. – but struggled to land a clean run. He finished in seventh but still hung on for the Dew Cup crown.
Summit County natives Brett Esser and Zack Black finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
Local teen Duncan Adams finished ninth in Saturday’s men’s freeski superipe finals.
Kevin Rolland of France won the event, while securing the overall Dew Cup title. Benoit Valentin was second and Byron Wells was third.
Simon Dumont, who came into the final neck-and-neck with Rolland for the overall crown, wound up a disappointing sixth. Despite being one of the best freeskiers in the world – and regarded by many to be the best pipe skier – Dumont has never won a Dew Cup title.
Canadians Mike Riddle and Justin Dorey were 11th and 12th, respectively.
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