Finally, the finals are here |

Finally, the finals are here

BRYCE EVANSsummit daily newsSummit County, Colorado

And the time has come to start handing out some hardware.Starting with the women’s snowboard halfpipe finals this morning, three different events will be settled and sorted out today.The main event, possibly of the entire week, is tonight, when the world’s best freeskiers carve up the Breckenridge halfpipe under the lights for the Dew Tour crown. Maine’s Simon Dumont, an X games champion headlines a field that includes Justin Dorey, Jossi Wells and Mike Riddle.Although, the day’s earlier finals – men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe – will be nationally broadcast on NBC. The men’s field, as should be expected, is stacked with some of the world’s best riders. Breck’s Steve Fisher and Scotty Lago were both exempt into the finals and will be joined by the likes of Danny Davis (last year’s winner), Olympian Mason Aguirre, Janne Korpi and local teenager Zack Black.Directly before the men drop in the pipe, the women will have their chance to go after the Dew Tour trophies. American Elena Hight was the top qualifier in Friday’s preliminary round, and Canadian Sarah Conrad and Spaniard Queralt Castellet should challenge the 2006 Olympian for the top spot on the podium.While most of the attention will be on the three finals, there are also two events holding preliminary rounds today. The best of women’s slopestyle riding will be on display at 9:30 a.m., with riders like Kjersti Buaas and Bev Vuillwumier competing. The women will be looking to earn spots in Sunday’s final, which already includes exempt athletes Jamie Anderson, Jenny Jones and last season’s overall Dew Tour champion Spencer O’Brien.The other prelim is for freeski slopestyle. Athletes like Dumont, Sammy Carlson, Jacob Wester and Breck’s Colby West will all be vying for a spot in the finals held on Sunday. Breck team member Bobby Brown is already exempt into Sunday’s contest.

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