The Men's Freeski Superpipe Final is fast approaching at the iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. This year, with freeski's Olympic debut only months away, the level of competition is at an all-time high. Tune in today to watch the hungry international competitors try to overcome America's powerful pipe presence in the Men’s Freeski Superpipe Qualifier.
Charging the way is Aspen-local, Torin Yater-Wallace. Currently ranked second in the world—thanks to a wildly successful 2013 season, where he landed on the podium of every competition he entered—Yater-Wallace has emerged as an incredibly dominant pipe threat. Next is frontrunner David Wise, out of Reno, Nevada, who came into Dew Tour this week as the number one ranked rider in the world. Wise has dominated the competition scene this year, winning the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, the FIS World Championships in Voss, Norway, as well as landing on the podium at X Games Aspen and Europe. When Wise is hot, his style, technicality and amplitude are unmatched.
The final arrow in America's freeski quiver is Simon Dumont. The freeski phenomenom from Bethel, Maine has reigned over the pipe scene for the past decade. This year, with unrelenting resolve, Dumont is determined to finally make good on his Olympic aspirations. Medaling in Sochi, in his words, "would be the biggest exclamation point to put on my competitive career." For Dumont and the other U.S. athletes, the road to Sochi starts at the iON Mountain Championships.
One of the strongest foreign contenders this year is Kevin Rolland. The French freeskier blew up the competition scene in 2010 and 2011 when he won two back-to-back gold medals at X Games Aspen and X Games Tignes. His consistency and deep bag of tricks have also earned him a list of impressive Dew Tour results, including three wins and two additional top-three finishes.
Lastly, expect commanding performances from Canadian teammates, Justin Dorey and Mike Riddle. Dorey, reigning Dew Tour champion, laid down an insane winning run last year that included two massive 1260 spins. He will definitely hit the pipe hard this year to defend his well-deserved 2012 title from top competitors, including Riddle, who placed third last year. Now ranked fourth in the world, Riddle will be stepping up his game to dethrone Dorey and take home the Dew Cup. Peep Riddle's Dew Tour video profile to find out what makes this podium-contender tick.
Catch the Men's Freeski Superpipe Qualifier live stream today (Friday, Dec. 13) at 7pm ET.
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