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Dew Tour headed back to Breckenridge, Colorado for another action-packed week of snowboarding at the iON Mountain Championships. The level of competition was at an all-time high this year, as the event was officially named the first of five USSA-sanctioned Olympic selection events.
Dew Tour wasn't just going off on the mountain, it took over the town of Breckenridge for the whole week, paying respect to freeski and snowboard filmmakers at Dew Tour Recognize, as well as promoting the urban snowboard scene during the Nike Snowboarding Streetstyle event, where some of the steeziest streetstyle riders put on a show in downtown Breckenridge.
Read on below for a brief on the major takeaways from each snowboard final. You can find all the juicy details in the full recap (links below).
Qualifying first for the final, the stage was set for Shaun White to lay down one of his flawless pipe performances and ride out of Dew Tour with the prized Dew Cup in tow. But, to the world's amazement, that's not what happened. While attempting his standard backside double cork 1260, White did the unthinkable: he crashed. Unable to fully recover in his second run, White wound up placing second, behind Mammoth Lakes, Calif. local Greg Bretz. The competition was nothing short of a dream come true for Bretz, who pulled off the upset of a lifetime, as well as Taylor Gold, who wound up in third place after putting down the best run of his life.
When it was all said and done, the competition was nothing short of amazing. Read the full recap to relive the wild competition.
Heading into the final, expectations were high for Kelly Clark. The three-time Olympic snowboarder cemented her dominance at Wednesday's qualifier, where she earned the top spot. But then, out of nowhere, Torah Bright took everyone watching the final by surprise when she laid down an insane first run. It was clear that Bright, who only qualified in the fifth-highest slot, waited until the final to unleash her deep bag of tricks. Bright set the bar high with a 95.40.
Topping Bright's score wouldn't be easy, but if there was one rider capable of pulling off such an arduous task, it's Clark. Unfortunately, after washing out on the third hit of her second run, Clark had to settle for second.
Bright wasn't the only rider shining at the final; 13-year-old Chloe Kim put her amplitude on display during an outstanding third place run.
After putting down the top run at Friday's qualifier, Shaun White was headed into the final as the man to beat—temporarily replacing Mark McMorris, slopestyle phenom from Canada. However, without warning, White pulled out of the final, explaining (via social media) that he had re-aggravated an ankle injury during his fall at the superpipe final the day before.
Without delay, McMorris stole the show with a crowd-thrilling, judge-pleasing run where he stomped a massive tripe cork on the final jump.
While no American's landed on the podium this time, the battle has begun between White and McMorris.
After scoring a 93.00 in the qualifying round, Jamie Anderson was certainly the favorite to win the final. But after a disappointing first run, where she drastically overshot the first jump, Anderson was desperate for a solid second run.
Anderson came through in the clutch, and stomped a nearly perfect second run, earning a 96-flat, and the top spot on the podium. If Anderson keeps riding like this, there's no question that come February, she will compete on the world's stage in Sochi.