Kaitlyn Farrington is on a mission and her 95.50 in last night’s prelims at the Toyota Championships, says she is serious about trying to lay claim to this year’s Dew Cup Championship in women’s Superpipe. With the absence of Olympians Queralt Castellet (Spain) and Elena Hight (USA) opportunity has knocked and Kaitlyn is ready to answer the door. However, Kaitlyn is not the only pipe master that is hears the knock though; Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas and Kelly Marren hear it loud and clear and made sure to secure their places in Saturday’s final, finishing second and fourth.
Sarka Panc grabbed the third spot in the prelims and all of the top three ladies had scores in the 90’s. With only nine girls vying for six spots it was a game of musical chairs that would leave three standing on the sidelines. Meg Pugh, Leslie Glenn and Clair Bidez (who’s brother qualified 3rd in the mens prelims) could not put together runs that could crack the 71.00 barrier to make the cut. Finishing out the top six were women’s Slopestyle Dew Cup Champion Jamie Anderson and Madeline Schaffrick, from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
These six riders will battle it out under the lights for not only the podium of the Toyota Championships but also for the coveted Dew Cup. With so much on the line, the pressure will be on and the level of riding will surely be pushed forward once again for Women’s Superpipe competitions.