Last year at the first-of-its-kind Team Challenge, Atomic team members Jossi Wells and Gus Kenworthy took gold at Dew Tour. With the addition of the modified super pipe, can Gus Kenworthy, Miguel Porteous, and Nicky Keefer defend Atomic's title in this year's Team Challenge?
Modified Superpipe: Migeul Porteous
Brothers from New Zealand who all kill it on skis. Sounds familiar right? Miguel Porteous is one half of a porteous duo following closely in the footsteps of the Wells brothers.Both him and Nico have long, successful futures ahead of them. Miguel made it to the individual pipe finals on Friday and showed off a massive bag of tricks that'll make him a strong contender in the modified superpipe. Expect abundant technical stunts and flawless execution from one of the more stylish guys in pipe these days.
Jumps: Nicky Keefer
Check Keefbox Throwing Down at Hella Big Air at 1:24
It's great to see Keefer back in the competition scene for a this team challenge. Nicky has been spending a lot of time in the backcountry the last few seasons, however he has quite the arsenal of tricks up his sleeve for the Dew Tour jumps and plenty of Big Air pedigree. He came out on top with a fat check at Hella Big Air at Mt. Bachelor earlier this year. We can expect handfuls of off-axis spins, complemented by tweaked safety grabs and capped blunts.
Jib: Gus Kenworthy
Without a doubt one of the best skiers to grace freeskiing competition, Gus has been a fixture on podiums for years with 5 X Games Medals and an Olympic Silver Medal from Sochi in 2016. He's also been part of many iconic ski film segments like the mega-jump at Aleyeska put on by the folks at Matchstick Productions a few years back. He is the only Atomic rider to return to the Team Challenge last year but should be part of a strong defence of the team's title. Expect technical perfection as always from Gus.
Will Atomic be able to defend their title this year? Let us know and check out the Team Challenge on Sunday to find out. It all kicks off at 12:30pm Mountain Time.