Telluride’s very own Gus Kenworthy took his first Dumont Cup this weekend at Sunday River Ski Resort. The competition is of course, named after professional freeskier and eight-time X Games medalist Simon Dumont. While it is only in its fourth year, the Dumont Cup has already gained a solid reputation for being among the world’s most prestigious slopestyle contests. Kenworthy took on 51 of his fellow athletes in the Saturday afternoon competition. The weather in Newry, Maine could not have been better, with blue skies prevailing across the scenic Mahoosuc Range.
Kenworthy proved his skill and exceeded all expectations as he executed a K-Fed on the down flat down, a blind 3 swap to blind 2 on the pole jam to pyramid rail, a right 9 tail, and switch left dub 9 Japan to left dub 12 mute during the slopestyle finals held on Sunday River’s Rocking Chair Terrain Park. For his efforts, Kenworthy earned 96.0 points to give him the win. He was followed by Indiana native Nick Goepper, who won the cup laster year. Goepper came close with a 94.0 and Joss Christensen of Park City finished out in third with 90.7 points.
In addition to bragging rights, first place earned $12,000 in cash, second recieved $5,250 and third place took home $3,500.
Kenworthy, who earned 96.0 points, is joined on the podium by Indiana native Nick Goepper, last year’s winner who took second place this year with 94.0 points, and Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah, who took third place with 90.7 points.
Kenworthy walks away with $12,000 in cash, second place wins $5,250, and third place, $3,500.
The action will be broadcast nationally on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. You’ll get your opportunity to see all the slopestyle action on April 10, 2012, from 12:30–1:30AM EST (9:30–10:30PM PST) as well as internationally through Dumont Cup event partner, Red Bull. http://www.redbullsignatureseries.com