A talented cast of ladies opened up the 2013 iON Mountain Championships today in Breckenridge, Colorado. On a beautiful bluebird backdrop, these rippers went head-to-head in all four women's qualifiers.
Kelly Clark, frontside 720
During today's Snowboard Superpipe Qualifier, Kelly Clark proved that she is still the most dominant pipe rider on the circuit. Kelly made it known that she has a switch 1080 in her bag, but whether or not she’ll have to pull that card depends on what happens during the final. Coming in just behind Clark was the relatively unknown Chloe Kim. At 13 years old, Kim might have proven her athletic excellence today competing with the world's elite in the Dew Tour pipe, earning the first round's highest-score; but unfortunately, even if she continues to prove her dominance this season, she won't be able to participate at the Sochi Games on account of her age.
Maggie Voisin, leftside 720 mute
Another young threat, 14-year-old Maggie Voisin controlled the pace, and ultimately earned the highest-score at the Freeski Slopestyle Qualifier. But unlike Kim, if Voisin maintains this trajectory for the remainder of the season, age won't be a factor in her Olympic-pursuits, as she just made the cut.
Dual-threat, Devin Logan was the only woman to qualify for both freeski disciplines today. While earning a better score in slopestyle, Logan will definitely be a strong contender in both final events later this week.
Angeli VanLaanen going big during the Freeski Superpipe Qualifier
Annalisa Drew sending sprays in the pipe
During the same qualifier, Annalisa Drew landed a massive 1080—ultimately qualifying fourth. VanLaanen better watch out, as Drew promises to clean up the spin to up her score in the final later this week.
Finally, highly-decorated Dew Tour vet, Jamie Anderson, cemented her first place qualifying seat during the Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier with a first run that was so solid, she opted out of a second.
These riders, along with the other qualifying-athletes, have certainly set the stage for a showdown later this week at their respective final. Catch all the action in real-time on Dew Tour Live. The women's final schedule is as follows:
Freeski Superpipe at 11:30am ET on Friday, Dec. 13
Snowboard Slopestyle at 5:00pm ET on Friday, Dec 13
Snowboard Superpipe at 2:15pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 14
Freeski Slopestyle at 4:00pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 14
* Schedule subject to change. Please check the SCHEDULE for any updates.