The Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championships were full-on yesterday as the men’s freeski superpipe final saw one of the closest Dew Cup races in the competition’s history. Kevin Rolland was leading the standings coming into the competition, but Torin Yater-Wallace was hot on his heels with a mere two point deficit. In a shocking turn of events, neither of these athletes could answer the absurd first run thrown down by David Wise. Wise busted out a first heat that set the bar at 94.5 for the rest of the day, allowing him to secure his second consecutive halfpipe event, and capture the top spot in the Dew Tour at Snowbasin.
This is Wise’s second consecutive halfpipe win, saying he is on a roll would be an understatement, because this skier is red hot! “I’m on a hot streak for sure. It’s fun to be out here enjoying the sport. Landing runs. I’ve been around in the scene for a long time and did a lot of finals where I just didn’t quite get the run the way I wanted to. So just being able to land runs and just enjoy doing what I do has been awesome. And that’s honestly what’s made the difference for me”, said Wise.
Wise started his run with a switch double cork 1080, followed by a rightside 900, a leftside 900, an alley oop 540 tailgrab, and a double cork 1260. “I’m on a hot streak for sure,” said Wise after his first Dew Tour win. “It’s fun to be out here enjoying the sport. Just being able to land runs and enjoy doing what I do has been awesome. And that’s honestly what’s made the difference for me.”
Rolland managed to maintain his hold over the sixteen-year-old Yater-Wallace and edged him out by a quarter of a point to take second in the 2012 Freeski Superpipe Dew Cup. ”This feels really great especially because I didn’t win at the last Dew Tour stop,” said Rolland, after being awarded the Cup. “So there was a little bit of trouble in my mind. I tried to do my best and get the Dew Cup.”
Yater-Wallace threw down a perfectly executed double cork 1260 in his second run that landed him in third with 92.75, and Simon Dumont followed with 91.75 to take fourth place.
Yater-Wallace relected about his stellar perfomance this season, “I feel great about my season. I guess I’ve been on the podium at almost every event so far. So I can’t be happier. I don’t care where I really ended up today, I just wanted to be on the podium so bad and I was. I had a ton of fun and I put down a run I had never done before, which has been my goal for a while, and I just couldn’t be happier.
You can catch all of the final runs from today’s top finishers here. Tomorrow’s men’s ski slopestyle finals will air live on NBC at 1:00pm MST.
continued his winning streak at Dew Tour in Snowbasin, Utah winning his second straight halfpipe event. Wise’s first run won the evening for him as his did his first ever 1440 in the halfpipe in his second run and couldn’t get to his feet. France’s Kevin Rolland came in second place and won the Dew Tour Cup while 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) landed on his third straight podium. His perfectly executed double cork 1260 in his second run landed him in third.
Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final Results
1.David Wise, Reno, Nev., 94.50. 2. Kevin Rolland, France, 93.00. 3. Torin Yater-Wallace, Snowmass, Colo., 92.75. 4. Simon Dumont, Bethel, Maine, 91.75. 5. Thomas Krief, France, 90.75. 6. AJ Kemppainen, Finland, 86.25. 7. Mike Riddle, Canada, 83.75. 8. Tucker Perkins, North Hampton, NH., 78.00. 9. Josiah Wells, New Zealand, 76.75. 10. Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, Colo., 75.00. 11. Matt Margetts, Canada, 40.00. 12. Benoit Valentin, France, 29.75.
Men’s Freeski Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Kevin Rolland, 307. 2. Torin Yater-Wallace, 291. 3. David Wise, 266. 4. Tucker Perkins, 244. 5. Gus Kenworthy, 206. 6. Thomas Krief, 191. 7. Simon Dumont, 172. 8. Justin Dorey, 166. 9. Matt Margetts, 155. 10. Duncan Adams, 142.