Winter Dew Tour Heats Up in Vermont
Killington, Vermont is set to host the second stop of the 2010-2011 Winter Dew Tour this weekend featuring the world’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders competing in halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines.
Vermont native and 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist in snowboard halfpipe, Kelly Clark, who finished 6th in Breckenridge, will have a tough road to win in front of the home crowd as all three podium finishers from Breckenridge, Kaitlyn Farrington, Elena Hight and Queralt Castellet, are expected to compete.
On the men’s side Olympian Louie Vito holds the current tour lead in superpipe ahead of fellow Olympians JJ Thomas and Greg Bretz.
A close race is staged in men’s snowboard slopestyle with all three podium finishers from Breckenridge Norway’s Torstein Horgmo, Canada’s Mark McMorris and Lake Tahoe’s Chas Guldemond closely matched.
“It’s been a crazy ride this season,” says McMorris. “The second place finish in Breckenridge was more than I could have hoped for, and it’d be even better to get the win in Killington.”
Women s snowboard slopestyle favors American and current tour leader Jamie Anderson. I was really excited to start the season off with a win. It d be awesome to end the season with the Dew Cup again.
Saturday night’s LIVE NBC broadcast of men’s ski superpipe finals will take center stage. Young rookie Torin Yater-Wallace, who achieved a surprise 5th in his first pro contest last month, is putting pressure on veterans like current leader Simon Dumont.
“Obviously the field’s getting deeper,” says Dumont. “But I’m really not focused on that, I’m focused on what I need to do to win.
One x-factor could be the weather. Temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend in Vermont with lows reaching -15F and highs only in the single digits.
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