The 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour continues its fourth season of competition at the Pantech Invitational in Killington, Vermont. Tom Wallisch continues to bring the heat with an epic second run in the freeski slopestyle that not only earned him the first place spot on the podium, but his 95.25 is the highest Winter Dew Tour freeski score of all time. Bobby Brown came in a close second with 93.00, Nick Goepper took third with 91.25, and Sammy Carlson came in fourth with 90.25.
Wallish powered through the rail section, beginning with a switch lipslide blind 270 on the top down rail, a right forward front up blind 400 on the flat down and a switch lipslide front 400 out of the cannon rail. Tom pulled out all the stops on the jumps hitting them with everything he had, busting out a left double cork 1260 mute grab, a switch left double cork 1080 Japan grab and a switch right double cork 1080 Japan grab.
“I’m trying to convince myself that I’m a second run skier,” said Wallisch. “I get a good mindset, picture myself at the bottom and let my body do the work.” Today’s result, coupled with a win at the Nike Open in Breckenridge, puts Wallisch in first place heading into the Dew Tour Toyota Championships in Snowbasin. “I’m so happy. I’m in such a good mood,” said Wallisch. “There’s a lot of pressure for me to keep skiing well.”
On the women’s side for ski slopestyle, the finals saw Kaya Tursk earn a first place finish with style. Despite having a bad first run, the Montreal skier redeemed herself with some extremely technical maneuvers. She kicked things off with a front switchup on the down bar, into a switch gap to the downbox, to a 180 on the cannon and switch 3 off. On the jumps, she finished with a switch 5, into a 5, to finish with switch 7, scoring a 92.25 on her second run which suddenly put her ahead of the current leader Devin Logan. It had appeared that Logan had all but locked up the first podium of the season, until Turski dropped in last to take the lead in the race for the Dew Cup.
“I have my whole family and friends here with me just trying to keep me calm,” Turski said. “I tried not to think about the first run, tried to keep it together. It was a new run, so I was all in.”
In honor of the Sarah Burke’s passing this past week the competitors had the option to automatically donate their winnings to the freestyle skiing icon. “Sarah was a friend and an idol,” said Maddie Bowman, following her win at Superpipe yesterday. “She was so kind-hearted, and we’re skiing for her always. She’ll never be forgotten for us.”
For more information, and to donate please go to www.giveforward.com/sarahburke.
The next and final stop on the tour is the Toyota Championships coming up on February 9-12 in Ogden, Utah’s Snowbasin Resort. Going into the next competition Wallish resides in first place with 200 points overall, Nick Goepper is in second with 172 and Bobby Brown is in third with 158. Kaya Turski leads in overall tour points with 100, Devin Logan is in second with 90 and Emilia Wint is in third with 82.
You can catch all of the final runs from today’s top finishers here. NBC Sports Network will air the competitions this evening.
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Winter Dew Tour Pantech Invitational Results
Jan. 19-22, 2012
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results
1. Kaya Turski, Canada, 92.25. 2. Devin Logan, Dover, Vt., 92.25. 3. Emilia Wint, Denver, Colo., 85.00. 4. Eveline Bhend, Switzerland, 80.00. 5. Emma Dahlstrom, Sweden, 41.25. 6. Dara Howell, Canada, 36.50.
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1. Kaya Turski, 100. 2. Devin Logan, 90. 3. Emilia Wint, 82. 4. Eveline Bhend, 76. 5. Emma Dahlstrom, 72. 6. Dara Howell, 68. 7. Keri Herman, 64. 8. Ashley Battersby, 60. 9. Maude Raymond, 56. 10. Nina Rusten Andersen, 52.
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results
1. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, Penn., 95.25. 2. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 93.00. 3. Nick Goepper, Lawrenceburg, Ind., 91.25. 4. Sammy Carlson, Hood River, Ore., 90.25. 5. Henrik Harlaut, Sweden, 88.75. 6. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 87.25. 7. Russ Henshaw, Australia, 85.50. 8. JF Houle, Canada, 84.00. 9. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Canada, 83.50. 10. Chris Logan, Mammoth Lakes, Cali., 80.75. 11. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 80.50. 12. Dane Tudor, Palmer, Alaska, 72.00. 13. Alex Bellemare, Canada, 68.50. 14. Philip Casabon, Canada, 60.25.
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1. Tom Wallisch, 200. 2. Nick Goepper, 172. 3. Bobby Brown, 158. 4. Russ Henshaw, 136. 5. Alexis Godbout, 130. 6. Andreas Hatveit, 112. 7. Chris Logan, 100. 8. Sammy Carlson, 85. 9. Alex Schlopy, 85. 10. Joss Christensen, 81.