By Shay Williams Freeskier Magazine – As the sun sets on Saturday here in Ogden, Utah, another Superpipe competition is in the books. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and the competitors were firing today. An early morning start, a crisp halfpipe and the live tv cameras rolling, today was a good day for a pipe comp.
On the men’s side of things, that kiwi Jossi Wells walked away the victor. Simon Dumont and Peter Olenick followed Wells in second and third respectively.
Jossi kicked off the day with a run identical to his Breckenridge halfpipe run, with a little kicker at the end. 900 to right 900 to double flip to right 720 to switch 720 shifty to alley oop flatspin 540. That run was enough to pique the judges interest into giving him a first place finish.
Simon Dumont who was charging hard this morning took amplitude to new heights (get it?). Massive 900 to right 900 to double flip to alley oop 720 to Switch 1080 (720 in his 2nd run). The judges must not have liked the 5-hit run and gave Dumont the 2nd place finish. Pete Olenick, who took a big spill in practice, dropped bombs to snag 3rd. Pete’s new alley oop double flip 900 to 900 to right 900 to 1080 to switch alley oop 540 was enough to outlast all the pipe riders that followed.
Men’s Freeski Superpipe Finals Results
1. Jossi Wells
2, Simon Dumont
3. Peter Olenick
Tucker Perkins, who knocked himself out in practice, managed to pull it together to drop a technical run and snag a respectable 4th place. Xavier Bertoni who also took a big spill in practice, looked to be holding back today, yet skied well enough to snag 5th, in typical Bertoni fashion. AJ Kemppainen, Colby West, Matt Duhamel and Dan Marion all put down stock runs, but with enough amplitude and technical capability to put on a show for the crowd.
Unfortunately, last stop’s winner Mike Riddle, his teammate Justin Dorey and Kevin Rolland all failed to put down a clean run, placing them at the back of the pack. But all three live to fight another day, which is the important thing.
As we close the book on another halfpipe event, we can only look forward to the progression and show that the athletes will put on at the next Winter Dew Tour stop