Local athletes take control of Dew Tour | SummitDaily.com

Local athletes take control of Dew Tour

Although the Winter Dew Tour moved on to its second stop in Killington, Vt., the action sports series still had a Summit County feel to it.

Breckenridge Ski Resort team riders J.J. Thomas, Steve Fisher and Zack Black all had solid showings in the snowboard halfpipe finals, while Gus Kenworthy put down a run worthy of second place in skier halfpipe.

Kenworthy, an 18-year-old Breck team member from Telluride, scored an impressive 87.75 on a frigid day in Killington’s icy pipe. It put him behind only Frenchman Kevin Rolland, who scored a 92.50 after throwing down three double flips on his second run.

Simon Dumont, who won the pipe contest at the tour’s season-opening stop at Breck, took third.

In snowboarding, Thomas showed why he is considered among the most consistent in the sport. The Golden native, who rides on Unity Snowboards out of Silverthorne, was second to Louie Vito, who won his third contest of the year. Vito won the U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in early December, before taking the title at Breck.

Thomas scored an 88.0, and his second-place finish vaulted him to second overall – again, behind Vito – in the overall Dew Cup standings.

A two-time X Games champ and longtime Breck local, Fisher finished in fourth place.

Black, a Summit native, was ninth.

Kelly Clark won the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition, throwing down a score of 95.75, the highest ever for a female rider in the tour’s history. Gretchen Bleiler was second.

The action at Killington continues today with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals.

Breck’s Eric Willett, who was born and raised in Summit County, will be among the favorites in the snowboard competition, and Breck skier Bobby Brown will be the one to beat in skiing.

For more information on the Dew Tour or for full results, visit http://www.allisports.com.

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