Toyota U.S. Rev Tour at Copper Mountain is a Wrap
The first of two FIS-level Toyota U.S. Rev Tour freeski-snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe competitions took place at Copper Mountain, Colo. Feb. 10-14, and a list of young U.S. freeski and snowboard athletes found great success.
The week kicked off with freeski slopestyle competition on Feb 11. where Ben Barclay of New Zealand finished first, and Americans James Kanzler (Wanship, Utah) and Danya Manyak (Granby, Colo.) finished second and third respectively. In women’s freeski slopestyle, Japan’s Yuna Koga finished first, American Lauren Bendixen (Keystone, Colo.) finished second, and Connie Brogden of Great Britain closed out the podium in third-place.
On Tuesday, Feb 12., freeskiers continued competition in the halfpipe where Hunter Carey (Winter Park, Colo.) claimed the victory. “I feel really good walking away with the win,” said Carey. “I got to watch all the homies send it and to come away on top is amazing. I want to continue having fun, progressing my tricks, and do better and better at more elite level competitions.”
Americans Trista Feinberg (Aspen, Colo.) and Matthew Labaugh (Avon, Colo.) completed the American sweep finishing second and third respectively. In women’s freeski halfpipe, Hanna Faulhaber (Aspen, Colo.) won the competition. “It feels amazing to get first,” said Faulhaber. “it’s super cool to reach the podium, I’m so stoked. It would be great to keep going in the sport of freeskiing and slowly climb the ladder.”
Brogden finished second and Samantha Johnston of New Zealand added to the country’s Rev Tour success with another top-three finish in third.
Next, the snowboarders took to the slopestyle course on Wednesday. Feb. 13. where Ryoma Kimate of Japan topped the podium, Will Healy (Riverside, Conn.) finished second, and Fynn Bullock-Womble (Mebane, N.C.) finished in third. For the women, U.S. Rookie Team member Ty Schnorrbusch (Monroe Township, N.J.) took the victory. “It feels pretty good after being in a competitive slump to finally land a run and come home with the gold,” said Schnorrbusch. “It would be pretty awesome to go to the X Games and the Olympics one day.”
Hinari Asanuma from Japan finished second, and U.S. Rookie Team member Courtney Rummel (West Bend, Wisc.) finished in third.
On Thursday, Feb 14., the final competition went down at the Rev Tour with snowboard halfpipe. American Kolman Lecroy (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) took the win.
“It feels really good to come in first today,” said Lecroy. “I would love to go to the X Games or the Olympics one day. In addition, I also have goals outside of competition to start backcountry filming.”
Bullock-Womble finished second and Fletcher Craig of New Zealand finished in third. For the women, U.S. Rookie Team member Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned the top spot, Kalli Shafer (Temecula, Calif.) finished second, and Athena Corneau (Rutland, Mass.) finished in third.
The passion and motivation amongst Rev Tour athletes is undeniable. With the improved athlete pipeline throughout the Rev Tour Series, athletes have a chance to compete at the correct level of competition against their peers, continue to improve and climb the competition ladder in an enjoyable atmosphere. The future of snowboarding and freeskiing seems bright with all winning athletes having goals to reach the Olympics, X Games and continuing to progress.
The second and final FIS sanctioned Rev Tour will be held at Seven Springs, Penn. Feb 25. - Mar. 1 with snowboard and freeski slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. In addition, the final Nor-AM sanctioned Rev Tour ElITE event is just around the corner at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. March 12-17 featuring freeski and snowboarding slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air competitions.