Anderson, Voisin Podium on Final Day of Dew Tour
U.S. Snowboard Team member Jamie Anderson earned her 11th Dew Tour Championship and her third win in three weeks on Sunday to close out the 2020 Dew Tour. As the weather took a turn, there were concerns around speed to clear the landings of the large jump features due to loose snow and wind. Together, Dew Tour organizers and competitors made the collaborative decision to eliminate the jump portion of the slopestyle course in the women’s freeski and snowboard final.
“With changing conditions, my plan today was the ‘no plan’ plan,” said Jamie. “I wanted to come up to the course to check the conditions and then see what I could link together. I hadn’t hit the wall ride all week or tried the switch 270 on the first rail. I was just happy to slowly put the pieces together. I have always loved the Dew Tour and think they do a good job of keeping it fun and creative. Also, the U.S. Snowboard Team is on fire right now. I was so proud of Red and Brock yesterday and I’m stoked with Hailey (Langland) and Jules (Marino) and our whole new generation of shredders.”
Jamie put her creativity and technical prowess on display as the only rider in the field to utilize the intimidating wallride feature with a beautiful nose slide. Jamie took the lead over Japanese rider Miyabi Onitsuka on her third run with a score of 92.66. Teammate Hailey Langland was also a strong contender landing two stylish runs with a great interpretation of the upper part of the course including a hip transfer nose grab to kick off her run.
Miyabi Onitsuka of Japan earned second and Anna Gasser of Austria closed out the podium in third. Hailey finished in a respectable sixth place.
U.S. Freeski Team member Maggie Voisin also kept her streak alive earning her third podium in three weeks with technical rail skiing and consistency landing all three of her runs. Maggie's third-place finish also served as her second consecutive Dew Tour podium.
“I’m happy that the girls are safe after skiing through some difficult conditions today,” said Maggie. “This is definitely the first rail jam contest I have done in a really long time. I’m super happy with another podium and more than anything, it’s amazing to be back and healthy again. My knee is feeling great!”
Maggie took full advantage of what the course had to offer, showcasing difficult tricks and big spins in both directions. Swiss freeskier Mathilde Gremaud topped the podium and Johanne Killi earned her second podium of the week with a second-place finish.
Although last week’s Dew Tour program offered up world-class competition and a sense of satisfaction for all the athletes, Maggie spoke to her favorite part of her week.
“I had the chance to ski neck-deep pow and throw backies with my U.S. Ski & Snowboard teammates and coaches,” said Maggie as she reflected on Friday’s amazing conditions. “It was perfect to have the chance to reset with an epic powder day.”
There is no doubt that heavy snow and wind caused some logistical challenges for Dew Tour organizers, but it may have been a blessing in disguise for the athletes. Skiers and riders from around the world are in the middle of a busy contest schedule that can take a toll on the mind and body. The consensus among the Dew Tour roster was that Friday’s cancellation resulted in a fantastic day of soul shredding for all.
U.S. Freeski and Snowboard athletes now head north to Calgary, Alberta Canada’s Canada Olympic Park for slopestyle and halfpipe FIS World Cup competition Feb. 12-16.