Voisin Third On Day One of Dew Tour
The three-run women’s freeski slopestyle final kicked off the Dew Tour with great performances from all the athletes Thursday at Breckenridge, Colo. U.S Freeski Pro Team member Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) finished third with a great run, including a massive left rodeo 900 mute.
“I am super, super excited,” said Voisin. “My strategy was to put down a strong run on both the jumps and rails section and fortunately I was able to do that. Thinking back five years ago today on my 15th birthday I got my first Dew Tour podium. I’m happy to be back up there five years later.”
In order to podium Voisin had to fend off an all-star field including Swiss PyeongChang slopestyle gold and silver medalists Sarah Hoefflin and Mathilde Gremaud. However, it was Estonian Kelly Sildaru finishing in first-place and French skier Tess Ledeux in second-place this time around.
In the jumps competition, the ladies came out and set the bar high. Sildaru landed back to back switch 1080s in different directions, as well as Ledeux landing a left double cork 1080. Voisin held back on unleashing the left double cork 1260 which she landed at the Stubai, Austria, World Cup in slopestyle, but still laced together a solid jumps section.
The rails section results mirrored the jump section with Slidaru leading the way followed by Ledeux, and Voisin in second and third respectively. The level of skiing continued to impress in run one Voisin stayed smooth throughout the entirety of a very large and challenging rails section. Highlights included Sildaru’s front swap pretzel 450 and Ledeux’s switch on 450 out.
“Where women’s freeskiing is going right now is so unbelievably exciting,” said Voisin. “It’s so fun to be a part of and is an honor to be right alongside these ladies pushing the sport.”
Voisin and Sildaru also shared their thoughts on the significance of this season with the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships right around the corner Feb. 1- 10 in Park City, Utah.
“I am very excited to have the World Championships back in the states and even more importantly in Park City,” said Voisin. “I have been living in Park City for the best six winters, so it’s definitely a home away from home. It’s going to be a really big event and fun to watch”
Sildaru also commented on her excitement to compete in her first ever World Championships. “I have never competed in the real world championships, so I am really looking forward heading to Park City,” she said referring to her experience at the Junior World Championships.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes also had a hand in the Team Challenge competition which consists of a modified superpipe, jumps and rails competition with one athlete representing the team in each discipline. Sochi Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.) delivered in the final competition of the challenge to get Team Atomic the win. Team Faction came in second and Team Head in third with the help of 2018 U.S Toyota Grand Prix winner Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.).
“It feels amazing to win the team challenge for Atomic,” said Kenworthy. “It was a long day that started with modified pipe, but Miguel absolutely killed it for us an took the lead. Then Fabian secured our lead even further by putting down a score in the 90s in the jump section and it kind of took the pressure off me a little bit. I definitely didn’t want to be the weakest link, but I knew we had a strong lead and I needed to just put down a good run. It was a really fun day and we had a great squad.”
Team Faction came second which included U.S. Freeski Pro Team member Alex Hall (Park City, Utah) and U.S. Rookie Team member Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.), who recently grabbed a podium at the Stubai, Austria, slopestyle World Cup.
“It feels crazy to contribute to a podium for Faction today,” said Forehand. “I never put down my run that well in practice and I’m so happy to finally land my full run. I have never done a run that well in my life. It was amazing skiing with Team Faction and representing the U.S. Freeski Team.”
Teammate Hall dubbed Forehand a “podium junky” as he’s found himself standing atop podiums in both slopestyle contests he’s competed in this season. It was a great day one at the Dew Tour. Stay tuned as U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes tee off in women’s freeski modified superpipe, women’s snowboard slopestyle, the snowboard team challenge, and the snowboard streestyle competition.
A total of six hours of Winter Dew Tour coverage will air on NBC and NBCSN, with DewTour.com live streaming all finals through Sunday, Dec. 16. All finals will stream live on Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, Daily Motion, Youtube, TWSnow.com, Newschoolers.com, Powder.com, adventuresportsnetwork.com, and Snowboarder.com. The new Dew Tour app will also exclusively offer live scoring in addition to the livestream.
Ladies Freeski Slopestyle
1. Kelly Sildaru:
Jumps: Right 900 Tail, Switch Right 1080 Mute, Switch Left 1080 Mute.
Rails: Front Swap Pretzel 450, k-fed, 360 Nose Drag, Front 270, Switch 270 pretzel 450.
2. Tess Ledeux:
Jumps: Switch Left Bio 900 Mute, Right Cork 720 Tail, Left Double Cork 1080 Safety.
Rails: K-fed, Slide to Switch (wall ride), Switch 180, Slide to Switch, Switch on Front 450 Out.
3. Maggie Voisin:
Jumps: Right 900 Tail, Switch Left 900 Mute, Left Rodeo 900 Mute.
Rails: Switch Left 270 to Forward, Left 270 on, 360, Disaster to Forward, Back Swap Continuing 270.
Modified Superpipe Team Challenge
1. Miguel Porteous: Switch Right Alley-Oop 540 Safety, Right Double Cork 1260 Mute, Left 900 Tail, Right 900 Tail, Left 540 Tail, Switch Left Alley-Oop 540 Safety.
2. Torin Yater-Wallace : Right Alley-Oop Rodeo 720 Bow and Arrow, Right 900 Tail, Left 720 Safety, Switch Right 720 Mute, Right Rodeo 900 Safety, Switch Air to Forward.
3. Birk Irving: Right Alley-Oop 360 Mute, Switch Right 540 Mute, Switch Left 720 Japan, Right 900 Cuban, Left 720 Tail, Left Alley-Oop Flat 540 Safety.
Slopestyle Jumps Team Challenge
1. Fabian Bosch: Switch Left Double Cork 1440 Double Japan, Switch Right Double Cork Bio 1260 Safety, Left Double Cork 1620 Blunt.
2. Evan Mceachran: Left Double 1260 Meader Grab, Switch Right Double Cork 1440 Indy Truck, Switch Left Double Cork 1440 Blunt.
3. Mac Forehand: Right Double Cork 1260 Safety, Switch Left 1260 Mute, Left Double 1620 Tail.
Slopestyle Rails Team Challenge
Alex Hall: Switch 180 Back Swap 270 out, Switch On Front Swap Front swap 270 Out, Switch Butter 540, rail transfer front 450, left 270 front 450 tail tap.
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand: Left 180 Switch Left 270 to Switch, Switch Right Rails 270 Pretzel 270, Switch Butter 540, Left 450 Continuing 450, Switch Left 270 pretzel 450 Safety.
Jesper Tjader: Switch Left 180 Left Lip 270, Rail Transfer Front 270, Switch Over Flip, Right 450 continuing 450, Switch On Backflip Off.
HOW TO WATCH
*Subject to change
All times in EST
Saturday, Dec. 29
4:00 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBC
Sunday, Dec. 30
5:00 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBC
Thursday, Jan. 3
11:00 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBCSN
Tuesday, Jan. 8
11:30 p.m. - Dew Tour Show, Breckenridge, Colo. - NBCSN
*Subject to change
All times in MST
Friday, Dec. 14
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. - Women’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. - Streetstyle Final
Saturday, Dec 15
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jump finals
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jib finals
Sunday, Dec. 16
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - Men’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
Friday, Dec. 14
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Women’s slopestyle jump final
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Women’s slopestyle jib final
12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Team modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. - Team slopestyle jump final
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - Team slopestyle jib final
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Streetstyle Final
Saturday, Dec 15
10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. - Men’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
Sunday, Dec. 16
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.- Women’s modified superpipe final presented by Toyota
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jump final
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Men’s slopestyle jib final