Greg Bretz takes out Shaun White for the Dew Tour pipe win
Part of the Five Stops To Sochi series presented by Mammoth
It's been nearly four years since Shaun White was beat at a halfpipe event. That defeat was served by Danny Davis at the first Mammoth Grand Prix stop in 2010, during Olympic qualifiers for the Vancouver Games.
Today at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado Greg Bretz added his name to the shortlist of riders who have bested Shaun in pipe. Dew Tour placements carry extra weight this season as the Tour is the first qualifying stop for riders hoping to make the US Olympic Snowboard team.
Greg started his first run off with a frontside double cork 1080 into a Cab double cork 1080, followed by an inverted frontside 900 to backside 900. From there he blasted a frontside 1080 before wrapping it all up with a Cab frontside 1080. That run was worth 91.40 points, putting him in first early on.
The run that beat Shaun
Shaun’s first run started off the same as it usually has in the past few years: a method to frontside double cork 1080 to Cab double cork 1080 to frontside five into his double McTwist 1260. And that was where the trouble came. He under-rotated the 1260 and was only just able to get his board under him to absorb the impact before coming down well below the lip. The fall put Shaun in 11th place and as he walked away he appeared to be limping.
Another full round of riders later, Greg’s first run score still stood as the one to beat. As Shuan dropped in for his final run, Greg literally had his fingers crossed. Shaun has come from behind to win before but he looked to be in trouble from the start as he got a little sketchy off his first-hit method. This was followed by a heel-heavy landing on his frontside double cork 1080 From there he pulled it together, cleanly landing his Cab double cork 1080, frontside 540, double McTwist 1260, and alley-oop rodeo 540. But the effort was only enough to earn him a score of 90.40--a full point behind Greg. The defeat seemed to weigh heavily on Shaun and he quickly left the course after the awards.
Shaun's second run
Among the other riders in the pipe today, Taylor Gold absolutely crushed his second run to end up in third place. Taylor came out strong on his first hit with a huge backside 540 to frontside 900. On the next wall he threw a rarely-seen double Michalchuk, into a frontside double cork 1080, to a Cab 1080, before finishing with a frontside 1260. With a score of 89.6 the run was good enough to put him in second temporarily.
Taylor’s second run
Danny Davis was another rider looking stylish and on-point today. On his first run Danny cranked a method to start followed by a double crippler, McTwist, frontside 720, Cab 1080, and a frontside double cork 1080 for a score of 81.60.
Louie Vito put down a strong run despite only getting five hits, which included a double crippler, Michalchuk, frontside double cork 1080, Cab double cork, and frontside 1080.
Bend, Oregon's Ben Ferguson was also ripping today with a sick method off the start followed by a double crippler, backside 900, frontside 720 nose grab, and a Cab double cork.
Greg Bretz now leads the US Olympic team pipe qualification standings with 1,000 points, followed by Shaun White with 800 points, and Taylor Gold with 600 points.
The 2014 Winter Olympics start in Sochi, Russia on February 6.
2013 Dew Tour Men’s Pipe Results
1. Greg Bretz
2. Shaun White (USA)
3. Taylor Gold (USA)
4. Louie Vito (USA)
5. Scotty James (Australia)
6. Ayumu Hirano (Japan)
7. Danny Davis (USA)
8. Ben Ferguson (USA)
9. Benji Farrow (USA)
10. Christian Haller (Switzerland)
11. Scotty Lago (USA)
12. Kent Callister (USA)
13. Iouri Podltchikov (Switzerland)
14. Taku Hiraoka (Japan)
15. Zach Black (USA)
16. Spencer Shaw (USA)