Words by Alli Sports
The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships at Breckenridge, Colorado wrapped up the final day with three slopestyle events, and the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final was without a doubt a highlight to the day as they skied with strength through what many athletes had referred to as, “the best course ever.”
Alex Bellemare. Photo courtesy of Alli Sports
Nick Goepper. Photo courtesy of Alli Sports
Following the 31-man final from yesterday, only the top twelve were allowed to return to throw it all on the line for their chance at taking the 2012 Dew Cup. As the top twelve skiers began to take their turns on the slopestyle course, the snow began to flurry making for a true winter competition allowing some riders to flourish while others had to make adjustments in order to excel.
Tom Wallisch. Photo courtesy of Alli Sports
Matt Walker. Photo courtesy of Alli Sports
With James Woods, aka Woodsy, coming into the event as the top qualifier from semis, he was looked to be a favorite to do well. However, between the conditions and the stacked competition, this event was anything but predictable.
James 'Woodsy' Woods. Photo courtesy of Alli Sports
As it came down to Woodsy’s final run, he seemed to have his entire run as he wished, but as he approached the final jump he decided to ride to the side and let this event go to the Aussie Russ Henshaw who scored a whopping 84.50 on his first run.
Russ Henshaw. Photo by Matt Sklar
Topping the podium was Henshaw, and directly behind him in scores were Andreas Hatveit and Henrik Harlaut taking second and third, respectively.
Andreas Håtveit. Photo by Matt Sklar
Henrik Harlaut. Photo by Matt Sklar
1) Russ Henshaw - 84.50
2) Andreas Hatveit - 80.00
3) Henrik Harlaut - 78.75
4) Matt Walker - 77.25
5) Tom Wallisch - 74.25
6) Sean Jordan - 70.25
7) Aleksander Aurdal - 62.75
8) JF Houle - 60.50
9) James Woods - 37.00
10) Nick Goepper - 30.50
11) Alex Bellemare - 29.50
12) Gus Kenworthy - 20.50
[center]To see how this event affects the AFP World Tour Rankings, go to afpworldtour.com.[/center]
[left]This concludes our coverage on the lone stop of the Winter Dew Tour. Congratulations to all of the winners, and for more information on the Dew Tour, check out www.allisports.com.[/left]