Thursday kicked off the 2018 Dew Tour Breckenridge – four days of insane skiing and snowboarding here in Colorado.
The first day of the event was all about the skiing – rather than include qualifying rounds in the event, this year Dew Tour went straight to the finals, and started Day One with the Women’s Slopestyle events, Men’s Slopestyle, and the Team Challenge. Another change to the contest format was breaking up the slopestyle competition: Individual Jump and Jib comps were held, bringing a larger spotlight to each individual event.
The ladies started the day off with the Women’s Individual Slopestyle Jump Final. Kelly Sildaru dominated the competition, and her clean and technical style kept her in first place throughout the event (even with her skipping her final run).
After that, it was the Women’s Individual Slopestyle Jib Final.
Sildaru continued to reign supreme in the jib portion of the competition, with the judges calling her run one of the most clean and technically perfect runs they had ever seen in women’s competition.
Tess Ledeux made a comeback after starting off on a slower note, pulling out all the stops for her third run on the jib portion of the competition. She was the only female competitor to utilize the wall ride, setting her apart from the rest.
The final scores from the women’s ski slopestyle competition were Kelly Sildaru in first place, Tess Ledeux in second, and Maggie Voisin in third.
After that, we saw the Men and Women’s Adaptive Snowboard final, talking place on the banked slalom course.
The Adaptive Men and Women’s Snowboarding event consisted of nine female competitors and 15 male competitors racing their way through the banked slalom course. Many of the athletes have competed (and earned medals) at the Adaptive Sports PyeongChang Olympics and X Games.
Although every athlete was giving it their all to win the event, they were unbelievably supportive of one another – making for an amazing atmosphere. Everyone was cheering each other on as they were taking off, crossing the finish line and also if they took an unfortunate fall.
It was amazing to see all of their friends giving each other high fives at the bottom of the course, as their families screamed their hearts out for their accomplishments.
For the second half of the afternoon, the Team Challenge Ski Slopestyle portion of the competition took center stage.
First up, the Jump Final.
Atomic held the lead at the end of the jump section with a score of 176.67, heading into the next portion of the competition, the Jib Final.
And with that, Atomic took first place in the Team Challenge Ski Slopestyle competition. The Atomic team captain said after the win, “The Dew Tour is one of our most favorite events of the year since it started a few years ago. It’s cool that we can all come together and represent one thing together.”
The final standings for the Team Challenge were Atomic in first place, Faction in second and Head in third.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s competition, and check out the full schedule on Dew Tour’s website.
Additional reporting by Matt Leontis.
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