Turning on the TV Sunday morning to check the news, we’re greeted by a weatherman holding a pot of boiling water. He steps outside in the frigid Vermont air, tosses the water into the sky, and watches it vanish. Damn, we think. We’re gonna need mittens.
Neither a -20 degree overnight low or a pair of broken ribs could slow down Sunday’s Slopestyle Finals, with both men and women attacking the shared course just the same. On the women’s side, New Zealand’s Rebecca Torr made her way to the Dew Tour podium for the first time, mixing back lips and Kiwi airs from the start. But this was once again all about the Spencer O’Brien & Jamie Anderson Show, going head-to-head ’til the very end in a battle for first and second. Spencer would drop first, but fell during her first run through the jump section. Jamie would take to the course next, and set the bar for all to hit. Signature moves, stylish touches, and stomped landings would place her well into first place, with second runs still to come. With just Spencer left to track down the top spot, she would drop in once again. Switch back fives and slow, grabbed spins would be close, but Jamie’s opening run would hold strong, repeating her win from the Breckenridge Dew Tour stop. In short, Spencer and Jamie are riding in a different league right now. Look for them to progress and push each other back-and-forth all season.
Thankfully, the event organizers are learning. Finally putting a Slopestyle Final after the skiers (and therefore, later in the day), all of last-night’s late affairs and rough decisions were given a little extra time to heal up before the men took to the frigid Vermont skies. The 9 qualifiers from Friday’s Prelims were met by pre-qualified Chas Guldemond, Mark McMorris, and Torstein Horgmo. Torstein, fresh off a win at the Breck stop, was considered the favorite coming in—until news about him taco-ing the hell out of a rail and breaking his ribs while filming a few weeks ago came about. Uncertainty over whether or not he could ride—let alone make a run at the podium—opened up the competition to a gang of young bloods, including Sebastien Toutant, Tyler Flanagan, Sage Kotsenburg, Eric Willett, Tim Humphreys, Brandon Reis, and of course, Chas and Mark.
In the interest of time, we’re just not gonna hide it—Torstein won. Willett and McMorris rounded out the podium, with little Mark throwing some of the tightest double hucks of the year (check the nose grab—damn). But then you realize: Tor’s run was switch. Cab 270, switch blunt 270, switch tail 270 out, cab double 10, switch back 12, and finally, “double cork madness”, as Torstein would say. In the end, it would be another in the books for one very broke-off, but happy Norwegian.
The Winter Dew concludes with the Toyota Champions at Snowbasin, Utah, from February 10–13. Will Torstein, Jamie, and/or Louie complete the sweep? Stay up on all of this year’s Dew Tours, including video, photos, and full results, on Facebook (facebook.com/TWSnow), Twitter (@TWSnow), and right here, at TWSnow.com.
** Torstein.net Winning Run Recap Video **
Winter Dew Tour at Killington
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Killington, Vt. – Killington Resort
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Finals
1. Torstein Horgmo, Norway, 95.25. 2. Eric Willett, Breckenridge, Colo., 92.50. 3. Mark McMorris, Canada, 90.50. 4. Tyler Flanagan, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 82.50. 5. Brandon Reis, Peterborough, N.H., 68.00. 6. Jeremy Thompson, Elka Park, N.Y., 65.00. 7. Sondre Tiller, Norway, 58.25. 8. Sebastien Toutant, Canada, 56.75. 9. Sage Kotsenburg, Park City, Utah, 53.25. 10. Tim Humphreys, Basking Ridge, N.J., 52.00. 11. Chas Guldemond, Reno Tahoe, N.V. 12. Nick Julius, Sterling, Mass., DNS.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1.Torstein Horgmo, 200. 2.Mark Mcmorris, 178. 3.Tyler Flanagan, 164. 4. Eric Willett, 162. 5. Jeremy Thompson, 152. 6. Chas Buldemond, 140. 7. Sebastien Toutant, 128. 8. Brandon Reis, 119. 9. Sage Kotsenburg, 116. 10. Aleksander Ostreng, 107.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Finals
1.Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 91.25. 2. Spencer O’Brien, Canada, 87.25. 3. Rebecca Torr, New Zealand, 74.75. 4. Megan Ginter, Stevens Pass, Wash., 71.25. 5. Madison Blackley, Park City, Utah, 54.25. 6. Nicki Slechta, Los Angeles, Calif., 21.50.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1.Jamie Anderson, 200. 2. Rebecca Torr, 164. 3. Megan Ginter, 140. 4. Jordie Karlinski, 140. 5. Nicki Slechta, 136. 6. Madison Blackley, 132. 7. Molly Wilson, 109. 8. Spencer O’Brien, 92. 9. Charlotte Van Gils, 92. 10. Cheryl Maas, 86.
The complete 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Nike 6.0 Open Dec. 16-19 Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Winter Dew Tour Killington Jan. 20-23 Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championships Feb. 10-13 Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah