Dew Tour: Breck’s Adams puts up top score in pipe OQ
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BRECKENRIDGE – Battling a bad back, which has given him problems for the past year or so, Summit local Duncan Adams thrashed the men’s freeski pipe qualifying field at the Dew Tour’s Nike 6.0 Open at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Adams, who skis for the Breck pro team, was third at the inaugural Dew Tour event at his home mountain two years ago and finished fourth overall in the series standings. Skiing through injuries the next winter, his results weren’t quite the same.
Now, it looks as though the 18-year-old is back to his podium form.
Adams scored an 89.25 in Heat 1 to lead all qualifiers Thursday, easily advancing to today’s preliminary round.
Thomas Krief led the second heat with an 84.75 and was second overall, nearly five points behind Adams.
Tyler Peterson was third at 79.75, and Mitch Gilman was fourth.
Breck’s Bobby Brown – a double gold medalist at last year’s
X Games in slopestyle and big air – failed to advance out of the qualifying round. Brown’s best score of his two runs was a 26.25, as he wasn’t able to take a clean trip down the pipe all day.
Local skier, JP Solberg, also failed to qualify, finishing 11th in the second heat.
Today’s round is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start.
Local rider Chris Willett finished as the bubble boy in Thursday’s men’s snowboard slopestyle open qualifier, narrowly missing out on the chance to join his older brother, Eric, in the preliminary round today.
In all, nine riders moved out of the two-heat qualifier, and Willett was the 10th on the list.
His score of 76.3 was a little more than a point behind final-qualifier Jeremy Thompson.
Canadian Mark McMorris led the field with an 86.83, followed by Australian Robbie Walker and Norwegian Sondre Tiller.
And on a day when the international contingent soared, Summit’s locals, well, didn’t.
Aside from Willett, another member of a Breckenridge pro-riding family failed to advance. Jake Black, whose younger brother, Zack, will be in today’s pipe prelim, finished seventh in the second heat with a score of 68.5.
Brett Esser also didn’t make it out of the qualifier. Last year’s Canadian Open slope champ, Esser finished 13th in the opening heat after posting a 57.5.
Esser was the top qualifier in Wednesday’s halfpipe contest and will be in today’s prelim
at 11:05 a.m.
Today’s slopestyle round starts at 2 p.m.
While the top-two riders in the field blew everyone else away with their scores, the women’s snowboard slopestyle open qualifier wasn’t exactly a test of technical merit – or of difficult math.
Eighteen competitors, 10 moved on. And nearly 40 points separated top-qualifier Enni Rukajarvi from the final qualifier, Klaudia Medlova.
Rukajarvi netted a 94.33 in the one and only heat, easily advancing to Saturday’s prelims.
Cheryl Maas was second at 93.0.
Rebecca Torr, Shelly Gotleib, Jordie Karlinski, Molly Wilson, Charlotte Van Gils, Nicki Slechta and Madison Blackley also moved on.
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