Today at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, it's all about the ladies. With all four women's semi-final events going down later today, expect an action-packed day of competition. Get ready for top freeski and snowboard athletes to tear it up in the pipe and on the slope for a chance to compete in their respective final later this week.
Here's what to expect from top-contenders today at both women's freeski semi-final competitions:
Women's Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final
The U.S. is heading into the Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final with a stacked roster of heavy hitters. Coming in as the top ranked halfpipe competitor in the world by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, Maddie Bowman is definitely the one to beat. Landing on the podium of every Dew Tour competition she's ever entered, expect Bowman to bring the heat today.
Then there's Devin Logan, who asserted herself as a fierce Dew Tour competitor in 2012 when she took home the Dew Cup from Snowbasin and earned a second place finish at the Killington stop. But, after recovering from a season-ending knee injury that caused her to miss the 2012 iON Mountain Championships in Breck, Logan is back and hungry to regain her footing in the pipe. Lastly, the reigning Dew Tour champion, Brita Sigourney, will definitely be ripping hard to defend her title.
Finally, expect impressive performances from Canada's Roz Groenewoud, who has two Dew Tour podiums, and Angeli VanLaanen, a Washington-native who's on her second season back after a three-year competition hiatus.
Women's Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
With last year's champion, Kaya Turski, unable to compete at this year's iON Mountain Championships due to injury, the scene is set for a new leader to emerge during the Women's Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final. The two most probable candidates are U.S.'s Devin Logan and Norway's Tiril Sjåastad Christiansen. Logan, who competes in both halfpipe and slopestyle, is definitely one to keep your eye on. Although coming off an injury, when Logan is healthy, she lands on the podium of almost every competition she enters.
The Norwegian freeski sensation, Christiansen, has already solidified herself as a top threat. After beating out Turski for the gold at the 2013 X Games, all eyes are on Christiansen's semi-final performance.
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