The December Dew Tour cease is all the time a giant one for the finest snowboarders and freestyle skiers and for the followers who come to social gathering and watch.
In an Olympic season like this, it’s even greater — a key Olympic qualifying occasion for a lot of athletes and a powerful peek at what to anticipate come February. If this 12 months’s occasion in Copper Mountain, Colo., was a sign, the competitors in the halfpipe and the slopestyle course at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games goes to be tight, full of greater methods than ever earlier than.
In the halfpipe, the American Chloe Kim, the defending gold medalist who took practically two years off, gained on her final run of the Dew Tour remaining, saying that she remains to be the girl to beat. But the discipline is closing in. On the males’s aspect, the Japanese might dominate. Yuto Totsuka gained, and Ayumu Hirano landed the first triple cork in competitors — a sport-rattling pronouncement that sharpens the stakes.
Much of the winter’s consideration is on the snowboarder Shaun White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He is now 35 and attempting to make his fifth (and final, he stated) Olympics, however didn’t make the podium at the Dew Tour.
American males stamped their place in each the freestyle snowboarding occasions. In the halfpipe, they took 4 of the prime 5 locations, led by Alex Ferreira. In slopestyle, Colby Stevenson, Alex Hall and Nick Goepper swept the podium. For all of them, simply making the deep American staff for Beijing is the speedy purpose.
The girls freestyle skiers had been led by 18-year-old Eileen Gu. Born and raised in San Francisco, however competing for her mom’s native China, she stands to be the breakout star in Beijing.
Gu gained in the halfpipe and completed second in slopestyle behind Tess Ledeux of France.
Back in snowboarding’s model of slopestyle, the place athletes navigate a sequence of rails and a number of large jumps, the defending Olympic champion Red Gerard of the United States took first place. But competitors in Beijing guarantees to be fierce. American Chris Corning was second, and Mark McMorris, the adorned veteran from Canada, was third.
The girls’s competitors could also be much more huge open in Beijing. The prime 4 locations had been gained by athletes from 4 totally different international locations, all forward of Jamie Anderson, the American and two-time defending Olympic gold medalist, who was seventh.