The Winter Dew Tour Nike Open hosted anaction-packed day of finals on their record-breaking superpipe under bluebird skies at Breckenridge today. Men’s snowboard finals capped off a day of sun, snow and high-energy crowds as the riders brought their best runs to the 602-foot long behemoth of a superpipe. Shaun White set the tone early on with a run that proved unbeatable through the second heat. He boosted out of the pipe with a 27 foot backside air, followed by a frontside double cork 900, backside 540, frontside stalefish 540, and a double McTwist 1260. His technical and stylish run ended with an alley-oop backside rodeo. “I’m so happy to put that run down and make it count, get the win and start the season off right,” said White following the contest. White had nothing but good things to say about the superpipe, noting that it helped to ramp up the level of riding. “You can go a lot bigger and carry down the line,” he said. “I’m blown away by Breckenridge delivering such an amazing pipe. It’s one of the best I’ve ever ridden.”
Preceding the men’s contest, women’s snowboard superpipe finals featured tight competition that came down to Kelly Clark’s final run. After Clark tapped the deck on her first run, Gretchen Bleiler took a solid hold of the lead with a run that included her signature crippler. As the last rider to drop, Clark focused in and landed a run that included a frontside inverted 720, a cab 720, frontside 540, backside 540, and frontside 900, ending with a huge backside air that drew loud cheers from the crowd. Clark credited the Nike Open’s record-breaking superpipe as a contributing factor to the contest’s excitement. “This is the longest pipe we’ve ever ridden and it makes for a progressive contest because no one’s trying to squeak all of their tricks in,” she said. “There’s plenty of room to do every combination that you want to do.” The win puts Clark in the lead to defend her reign as the Dew Cup champion. “I couldn’t have had a better start to my season,” she said. “But I think more importantly than doing well, I’m happy with the way I’m riding.”
2011 Dew Cup Champion Kevin Rolland picked up right where he left off last season with a win in men's ski superpipe. Rolland’s run began with a switch 900, going into a switch rightside 700, back to back double flairs, and finishing with a stylish double cork. The French native topped Justin Dorey and local Duncan Adams, who finished second and third respectively. "It wasreally important for me to win the Dew Tour,” said Rolland. “Winning the first competition of the year will keep me confident for the rest of the season. I'm stoked. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the season.”
You can catch all of thefinal runs from today’s top finishers here. For broadcast of today’s ski superpipe competition, Versus will be airing the competition from 1:00-2:00am this evening. Sunday’s ski slope action will be aired live on NBC from 2:00-4:00pm EST, and a full television schedule for the Nike Open and the rest of the Winter Dew Tour is available here.
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Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 95.00. 2. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 92.75. 3. Iouri Podlachikov, Switzerland, 90.00. 4. Christian Haller, Switzerland, 88.00. 5. Kohei Kudo, Japan, 86.00. 6. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Spring, Colo., 84.00. 7. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 79.75. 8. Keito Kumazaki, Japan, 55.75. 9. Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan, 47.75. 10. Scott Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 40.00. 11. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 24.25. 12. Danny Davis,Highland, Mich., 18.25.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Shaun White, 100. 2. Louie Vito, 90. 3. Iouri Podlachikov, 82. 4. Christian Haller, 76. 5. Kohei Kudo, 72. 6. Matt Ladley, 68. 7. Steve Fisher, 64. 8. Keito Kumazaki, 60. 9. Kazuhiro Kokubo, 56. 10. Scott Lago, 52.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 91.25. 2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, Colo., 90.25. 3. Xuetong Cai, China, 85.00. 4. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 80.00. 5. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Id., 70.00. 6. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 54.50.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Kelly Clark, 100. 2. Gretchen Bleiler, 90. 3. Zuetong Cai, 82. 4. Maddy Schaffrick, 76. 5. Kaitlyn Farrington, 72. 6. Queralt Castellet, 68. 7. Holly Crawford, 64. 8. Haruna Matsumoto, 60. 9. Soko Yamaoka, 56. 10. Elena Hight, 52.