Maddie Bowman and Jaime Anderson claim wins at Dew Tour in Breckenridge
Women’s slopestyle freeskiers started a busy third day of competition at the 2014 Dew Tour in Breckenridge with the first of the weeken’s eight finals contests.
Even with offseason knee surgery, Sochi gold medalist Maddie Bowman showed she’s still the one to beat in the halfpipe, locking up her second consecutive Dew Tour halfpipe title with a run that included two 900s, a 540 and a 720.
Her 88.75 first run would have been enough for the win, but she followed it with a 91.25 in her second.
“It was a great first comp after my knee surgery,” Bowman said after the win. “I just wanted to have fun and I did.”
She was joined on the podium by U.S. teammate Annalisa Drew, who earned her first Dew Tour podium.
“I’m super stoked,” the 21-year-old said of the podium finish. “I couldn’t be more excited.”
Sochi bronze medalist Ayana Onozuka, of Japan, finished third behind Drew, making for consecutive third-place finishes on the season following last week’s podium at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
Bowman wasn’t the only one who showed she hasn’t missed a beat since Sochi. U.S. women’s snowboard slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson stomped her first run, scoring a 96.25 to take home the win.
Enni Rukajarvi finished second and Christy Prior third.
MEN’S QUALIFIERS, DAY 2
The men started their second day of the Dew Tour Friday with skier halfpipe and snowboard slopestyle qualifiers.
Sochi skier slopestyle silver medalist Gus Kenworthy showed he’s looking like a dual threat once again, beating out Sochi halfpipe gold medalist David Wise in the superpipe qualifier.
Kenworthy came through in the clutch, scoring a 92.50 in a solid second run that included three 900s and a 1080.
“I was pretty stoked on the day.” Kenworthy said. “I fell on my first run, so I was kind of stressed out but was able to put it down in my second run. It was one of the better pipe runs I’ve ever done.”
The Telluride native nearly qualified for the Olympics in both disciplines, but coaches awarded his halfpipe spot to Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace on a coaches’ discretionary selection.
Wise finished a close second with a 91.50, followed by Sochi silver medalist Kevin Rolland, of France, and Yater-Wallace. Freeski pioneer Simon Dumont made a surprising return to competition. The multiple X Games medalist had announced his retirement after tearing his ACL in January while trying to qualify for the Olympics. Dumont squeaked into Saturday’s finals taking advantage of the Dew Tour’s new third-run Last Chance Qualifier round.
Olympians Mike Riddle and Aaron Blunck also made the cut, finishing sixth and 10th respectively.
Defending Dew Tour snowboard slopestlye champ Mark McMorris also squeaked into the final, relying on the Last Chance Qualifier to stay alive. The Olympic slope silver medalist salvaged his day with a 91.75 in his final run, which included his famed triple cork 1440 on the final hit. U.S. gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg failed to qualify. Torstein Horgmo and Breckenridge’s Eric Willett also missed the cut.
BUSY WEEKEND CONTINUES
Finals resume Saturday with men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe, men’s skier superpipe and women’s skier slopestyle finals.
Men’s skier and snowboard slopestyle will close the competition on Sunday.
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