U.S. Men Sweep Dew Tour Slopestyle
It was one, two, three (and four!) for the men’s slopestyle podium at the Dew Tour at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colby Stevenson was the top qualifier coming into the event, and he held on to the top spot, but not without an exciting back-and-forth with teammate Alex Hall who finished in second, followed by Nick Goepper in third, and Mac Forehand finishing just off the podium in fourth—what a result for the U.S. Freeski Team!
Hall overtook Stevenson at the end of the second round of qualifying, so the pressure was on for Stevenson to retake that top spot. Stevenson upped his third rail trick from qualifiers stomping a 450 out of the donkey at the end of the rail, then added another layer of difficulty.
“I learned a new trick on the first jump—the nosebutter dub 10.” Says Stevenson, “I’ve never done it—super excited about that. I was just doing a nosebutter cork 10, which I was equally as hyped on in the qualifiers, but I knew the dub 10 would score a little higher especially if I could get a Japan grab in it.” And that’s exactly what he did to retake the top spot with a score of 96.25. “It’s insane to come out here and win a Dew Tour, talk about a dream,” said Stevenson, who adds this win to his first place finish at the 2021 Aspen Grand Prix slopestyle.
Hall, who’s coming off a recent second-place finish at the VISA Big Air in Steamboat, earned second today with a score of 95.25. “It feels good,” he said. “Today I had a little better practice, and all the boys were throwing down and we made it work with the speed. I’m just hyped for Colby [Stevenson]— he laid it down—last guy to go, last run —that’s what you want to see in events, that’s what makes it exciting. He had the best run of the day so I couldn’t be happier for him and I’m stoked for Nick as well, and Mac rounding out in fourth. It’s nice to see the Americans on top!”
2018 Slopestyle Silver medalist Nick Goepper took the third spot with a score of 89.50, followed by Mac Forehand in fourth and a score of 87.75.
In the women's field, weather forced the cancellation of the qualifiers, so the full field of twelve women ran today in finals. Marin Hamill was the top finisher in eighth place, followed by Grace Henderson in ninth, Bella Bacon in 10th, Jay Riccomini in 11th and Marion Balsamo in 12th.
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