Men’s halfpipe results from the Copper Revolution Tour dec. 7-11 |

Men’s halfpipe results from the Copper Revolution Tour dec. 7-11

A competitor airs out of the Copper Mountain halfpipe during finals for the first round of men's snowboard competition at the U.S. Revolution Tour on Dec. 7. The tour continues with another day of men's and women's snowboard today, followed by men's and women's ski halfpipe Dec. 9-11.
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Copper Rev Tour halfpipe results

Men’s open halfpipe, Dec. 7

1. Naito Ando, Japan — 89.75

2. Ryo Aono, Japan — 88.75

3. Patrick Burgener, Switzerland — 88.0

Women’s open halfpipe, Dec. 7

1. Kurumi Amai, Japan — 93.00

2. Summer Fenton, USA — 91.25

3. Sena Tomita, Japan — 88.75

It’s Tour time.

Over the next week, two different levels of competition are happening at both ends of Summit County. Beginning yesterday at Copper was the U.S. Revolution Tour, a stepping-stone comp for skiers and snowboarders trying to make it into pro halfpipe and slopestyle events. In the U.S. Snowboarding Association pipeline it’s one step above open youth events.

Then, beginning Thursday at Breckenridge is Dew Tour, the first truly big North American comp of the season with names like Danny Davis, Kelly Clark, Annalisa Drew, Bobby Brown — the list goes on. It’s where all the young-and-hungry kids competing in the Rev Tour want to be some day.

With any luck, a few might get the chance. The Copper Rev Tour is the first of several stops across the nation, and it’s the only one held before Dew Tour. It’s rare for an athlete to go directly from Rev Tour to big-time events like Dew Tour, but it never hurts to have a few podiums when moving up the pipeline.

The first day of snowboard halfpipe kicked off yesterday in Copper’s Main Vein superpipe, a 22-footer that’s the enormous standard these days. And, with enormous pipes come enormous tricks. A group of 12 American and international riders dominated the men’s halfpipe finals with back-to-back inverted 900s and 1080s, plus a few double 1080s and even a 1440 (that’s four complete rotations) from winner Naito Ando of Japan.

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Ando beat out 58 total competitors to take first in the men’s halfpipe with a score of 89.75. Second went to fellow Japanese team member Ryo Aono (88.75), a former Olympian, followed in third by Patrick Burgener of Switzerland (88.00). Each one had a combination of massive 1080s (all inverted) and at least one double 1080, plus Ando’s dizzying 1440 nose grab in his winning first run.

The women’s podium was also an international affair, this time broken up by an American in the middle. Japan’s Kurumi Amai took first our of 34 total starters with an impressive 93.00, the highest score of the day for men or women, qualifiers or finals. Second went to Summer Fenton of San Francisco (91.25), a likely Dew Tour competitor, and third went to Amai’s teammate, Sena Tomita (88.75).

The Rev Tour continues today with another round of men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe. Ski halfpipe gets underway on Dec. 9 with training before competition begins on Dec. 10 for men and women. The tour wraps up with a final round of ski pipe on Dec. 11.

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