Mastro, Wise In Top Spots After Dew Tour Halfpipe Qualifiers
Snowboard Halfpipe Qualifiers
U.S. Snowboard Team rider Maddie Mastro took the top spot in Thursday’s qualifiers the Woodward Copper Mountain halfpipe, followed by teammate and defending Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim. Mastro earned her top score of 92.75 on her second qualifying run, which was highlighted by her signature double crippler, followed up with back-to-back 720s.
“I’ve put a lot of work in and a lot of reps – and a lot of years, actually – to fully have the double crippler in my bag and have confidence in that trick,” Mastro said in an interview with the Dew Tour. “I’m stoked that it’s all starting to pay off.”
Chloe Kim finished in second with a score of 91.25, also on her second qualifying run. Mastro and Kim both advance into Sunday’s halfpipe final among the group of eight women.
In the men’s field, U.S. Snowboard Team rider and three-time Olympic Gold medalist Shaun White was the top men’s qualifier of the day, clinching his spot in finals on a gripping second run in classic White fashion. Teammates Chase Josey, Taylor Gold, and a young Joey Okesson round out the U.S. Snowboard team riders heading into Sunday’s halfpipe finals among the group of 10.
Freeski Halfpipe Qualifiers
The Freeski halfpipe qualifiers went down Wednesday as a storm front blew through Colorado. Two-time Olympic Gold medalist David Wise rose to the challenge earning the top score of the day with a 93.5. Wise linked up a left double 1260 mute and a left 900 tail grab shifty maintaining his amplitude throughout his run despite the challenging conditions. In a dominating performance, the U.S. Men’s Freeski halfpipe team locked up six of the 10 advancing slots into Saturday’s finals. Wise is joined by Lyman Currier, Aaron Blunck, Alex Ferreira, Hunter Hess, and Birk Irving.
In the women’s field, U.S. Freeski Team young gun Hanna Faulhaber earned the top U.S women’s score of the day with an 84.75, followed by Olympic Bronze medalist Brita Sigourney. Both advance into Friday’s women’s pipe finals.
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