Brita Sigourney & Wing Tai Barrymore Throw Huge in Halfpipe to Win Visa Freeskiing Grand Prix

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 12, 2011 6:28 pm




A year after barely missing the podium at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix held at Copper Mountain, U.S. Freeskiing Pro Halfpipe Team member Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) took the topmost step to kick off the 2011-12 season. 

Brita Sigourney won the first Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe stop of the 2011-12 season with an unmatched run that went as followed: a 5, then straight air, 9, alley-oop, straight-air, an alley-oop 5, 7 to switch. She pushed herself and it sure paid off: “I always put so much pressure on myself… It’s such a relief to start the season with a win,” Sigourney commented.  With a tremendous start to her season, she will have to stay strong to lead the pack of All-Star freestyle skiers this year.

Brita Sigourney, 2011 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Halfpipe Skiing Qualifiers. Photos: (L) Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing. (R) Tom Zikas

“I’m always out just to have a good time and if I win, that’s a good plus. I’m super stoked to progress and keep the season going really strong,” Sigourney added.

17-year-old Maddie Bowman took fourth with a run that began with a leftside 5, straight air mute, leftside 9, straight air, straight air, rightside 5, 7 to switch. The Lake Tahoe local definitely impressed the judges, and was the next up for the American team in the ranks.

“My last nine was way better than the first. I landed higher on the wall,” Bowman reflected. ”I’ve only been on the snow for a week and a half. The season can’t get any better.”

Wing Tai Barrymore won first for men’s with U.S. Freeskiing Pro Torin Yater-Wallace (Snowmass, CO) second, as Americans swept the podium. Barrymore pointed out the pipe conditions and blue bird skies for his high-spirits.

“This is only the beginning of the season and to start it with a win is just awesome. I’m stoked. It was a beautiful day…just unbelievable,” said Barrymore.

The FIS World Cup and AFP 5Star event was the first international competition since halfpipe skiing was accepted into the 2014 Olympics last spring.

Torin Yater-Wallace took second in the men’s competition with a run that featured a double flare, left-side 9 tail grab, right side 9 leading tail grab, alley-oop double flatspin 9, 10 to switch.

Wing Tai Barrymore, Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

“In my second run I grabbed my tricks a little better…and just executed it a little more,” Yater-Wallace explained. “It was cleaner than my first run and it worked out for me.”

Pro Team members Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and Jen Hudak (Park City, UT) placed ninth and twelfth while Tucker Perkins (North Hampton, NH), David Wise (Reno, NV), and Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) took fifth, sixth, and ninth, respectively.

Switch specialist, Duncan Adams, gave the crowd reason to ooh and aah during his first run of the finals as he threw down the only switch straight-air in the competition. For his second run, Adams added perhaps the tightest grabs of the day in a run that featured a switch 5, switch 7 alley-oop tail, and finished with a switch 10.

Switzerland’s Nils Lauper was the only skier to attempt back-to-back doubles, barely missing the landing on his last hit during his final run.

After landing a final run featuring a leftside double-cork 12, rightside cork 9, leftside cork 10, switch rightside cork 7, leftside cork 9, alley-oop flatspin 5, Tucker Perkins noted that he’s looking to add a following tail grab to his double-cork 12 this season.

“I’ve been landing the double cork 12 the past few days; I’m feeling that.” However, stomping new pipe tricks can be a rough learning experience: “In qualifiers the other day, I took my worst crash in years… but I came out with confidence today,” Perkins shared. 


David Wise, Halfpipe Qualifiers. Photo: Tom Zikas

France’s Xavier Bertoni, skiing with a broken left hand, still managed to grab both his alley-oop flat 7 and cork 10 with the injured mitt.   


















Devin Logan, Halfpipe Qualifiers.                                                             David Wise, Halfpipe Qualifiers. Photos: Tom Zikas

The action continues in the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Saturday. Don’t miss it!

NBC-Sunday, Dec. 18, 12:30-2:00 P.M.
Versus-Saturday, Dec. 24, 3:00-4:00 P.M.


Men’s Halfpipe Final (best of two runs)
1. Wing Tai Barrymore, Hailey, ID, 87.20 (Run 1)
2. Torin Yater-Wallace, Snowmass, CO, 84.60 (Run 2)
3. Duncan Adams, Breckenridge, CO, 83.80 (Run 1)
4. Xavier Bertoni, France, 79.00 (Run 2)
5. Tucker Perkins, North Hampton, NH, 77.40 (Run 5)
6. David Wise, Reno, NV, 75.20 (Run 1)
7. Dan Marion, Windham, ME, 70.00 (Run 1)
8. Jossi Wells, New Zealand, 69.20 (Run 1)
9. Simon Dumont, Bethel, ME, 65.60 (Run 1)
10. Mike Riddle, Canada, 60.80 (Run 1)
11. Nils Lauper, Switzerland, 54.00 (Run 1)
12. Peter Crook, British Virgin Islands, 26.80 (Run 2)

Women’s Halfpipe Final (best of two runs)
1. Brita Sigourney, Carmel, CA, 86.60 (Run 2)
2. Rosalind Groenewoud, Canada, 81.40 (Run 1)
3. Virginie Faivre, Switzerland, 77.40 (Run 2)
4. Maddie Bowman, S. Lake Tahoe, CA, 76.00 (Run 2)
5. Keltie Hansen, Canada, 75.80 (Run 1)
6. Manami Mitsuboshi, Japan, 69.80 (Run 2)
7. Sarah Burke, Canada, 67.20 (Run 2)
8. Anais Caradeux, France, 60.60 (Run 1)
9. Devin Logan, West Dover, VT, 57.20 (Run 1)
10. Dara Howell, Canada, 56.00 (Run 2)
11. Emi Matsuura, Japan, 45.40 (Run 2)
12. Jen Hudak, Park City, UT, 26.60 (Run 1)


Podium photos: Tom Zikas