For those of you who love excitement, the 2014 Dew Tour at Breckenridge provided that and much more. Amazing performances, intense competition and never-ending highlights all came together to result in the best competition ever. With many competitors from previous Olympics and X-Games, the fans never knew what to expect next. Both men and women’s events often came down to the last run for each athlete, with quick decisions determining who was champion and who finished second. When all was said and done, the results were as wild as the competition.
Beginning with the women’s events, the Ski Superpipe final saw Maddie Bowman take first with a run of 91.25, easily outdistancing Annalisa Drew and Ayana Onozuka. The Snowboard Slopestyle event was tight until the end, with Jamie Anderson getting by Enni Rukajarvi and Christy Prior. Yet the closest competition took place in perhaps the most popular event of all, the Snowboard Superpipe final. Here the champion was Kelly Clark with a run of 95.50, just getting by the 95.00 posted by Chloe Kim. Finishing a distant third was Arielle Gold, who came in at 90.50. Finally, the Freeski Slopestyle championship went to Keri Herman, who totaled 87.50.
The men’s competition contained a few more events, but had its hands full to match the excitement of the women’s competition. The Snowboard Superpipe was gold for Taylor Gold, who outdistanced Yiwei Zhang and Scotty James. The Freeski Superpipe was the tightest event of all, with Torin Yater-Wallace just getting by David Wise and Kevin Rolland. The Freeski Slopestyle also came down to the finish, with Gus Kenworthy using his second run of 88.75 to defeat Oystein Braten and his second run of 86.00. Just behind the top two was Nick Goepper, with a second run of 85.50. Surprisingly, the Snowboard Slopestyle competition was never close as Chas Guldemond dominated the event from the beginning. Finishing with a total of 92.00, he easily beat second-place finisher Tyler Nicholson’s score of 80 and third-place finisher Peetu Piiroinen’s 76.75.
If the 2014 Dew competition at Breckenridge was any indication of what’s in store for next year, fans will have even more to look forward to when the athletes hit the slopes. And while the fans will be excited, there’s no doubt the competitors will be training even harder to perfect their moves and finding that extra something that will help them win the championship.