Nick Goepper won the men’s freeski slope Finals at Sunday’s Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championships with his score of 95.00 and he was also voted the Mitch Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
In his winning run, he stepped things up and did a switch double 14 instead of the switch double 12 he did in his first run.
His run started with a 450 on 270 out on top rail, front swap backside 450 out on A-Frame, on the cannon box he did a switch 2 on rodeo 450 out. For the jumps, he started with a switch left double 10 Japan and finished with a switch right double 14 mute.
“I’ve been so close all year, but to finally get the number one spot feels awesome,” Goepper said.
Tom Wallisch took home the Dew Cup and also won Toyota Athlete of the Year with his second-place finish and score of 92.25. He was ranked first overall with wins at each of the previous two Dew Tour stops, and he was the last to drop in to the finals with the only shot of bumping Goepper off the podium. Wallisch has come back in his second run to take the win at each of those events. But today in Utah, he was able to increase his score by one point, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the 17-year-old Goepper.
“I’m not much of a go for broke, last run huck yourself, try something new kind of guy,” Wallisch said. “I’d rather see skiing be smoother. Just full, complete, good runs. I never really try to huck myself second run. I just go for cleaning it up. Making it as smooth as possible. And it’s worked for me in the past, so I’m going to keep doing it.”
His run went like this: switch lip 2 pretzel 2 on the down rail, to switch on frontside switchup backside 450 out, to switch on to cannon rail backside pretzel 450 out to switch. He hit up the jumps with a switch left double cork 1080 Japan to switch right double cork 1080 Japan.
Defending Dew Cup champ Bobby Brown finished third with 91.00 after his second run that started with a switch 2 to pretzel 2 on first rail, switch on to switchup inward 2 out on second, cork 630 on cannon then right double 12 to switch double 14 on the last two jumps.
“I was struggling on the course the last few days,” Brown said. “I’m just stoked that I’m on the podium, and Goepper and Wallisch killed it today. I’m just happy to end the Dew Tour on the podium.”
1. Nick Goepper, 95.00
2. Tom Wallisch, 92.25
3. Bobby Brown, 91.00
4. Chris Laker, 90.25
5. Russ Henshaw, 89.50
6. Alex Bellemare, 88.00
7. James Woods, 87.00
8. Joss Christensen, 82.00
9. Andreas Hatveit, 76.00
10. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, 70.00
11. Jamieson Irvine, 69.00
12. JF Houle, 13.00
De Cup Champion Tom Wallisch