Gold Takes Second at Dew Tour Halfpipe
On a flat light day at Copper Mountain, Colo., Dew Tour held its second day of events, including the men's snowboard halfpipe finals. 2x Olympian, and 2x Copper Mountain Toyota U.S. Grand Prix winner, Taylor Gold, stomped his fourth and final run to secure a second place finish. Japanese rider Ayumu Hirano took home the win, along with teammate Raibu Katayama who placed third.
Gold earned a silver medal with a score of 91.33 with a run that included a McTwist, into a front 1260 tail grab, into a double chuck 1080 melon grab to indie grab switch up, into an air to fakie melon grab, into a cab 1080 with a roast beef grab. After falling on his first three of four runs, Gold was relieved to finally put one down when it counted most.
"Conditions out in the pipe today were surprisingly really good," said Gold. "It was forecasted to not be so nice today, so we got super lucky and it ended up being somewhat sunny. The pipe was running good too, so it was ideal."
Gold reflected on his accomplishments. "I'm really stoked on getting second," said Gold. "It was kind of nice because it just felt a lot more mellow this year, just a little bit more loose and fun. The vibes at the top of the pipe were a lot more enjoyable versus last year where it was really intense. It felt really good to put one down at the end, as I was kind of struggling to land one during my first three runs. I was just happy to land one!"
Following his second place finish in the halfpipe event, Gold strapped back into his board and headed to the top for the superpipe jam cash event. The snow was coming down hard at this point, but the athletes were still catching big airs up to 22 feet high.
Up next, Gold plans on going on a road trip with his filmer to find deep powder.