When it comes to the number of world-class riders in attendance, there aren’t many events out there that can hold a candle to Dew Tour. It's a shame, then, to see such a potentially prestigious international event framed mainly in terms of how it affects qualification for the USA’s Olympic team.
One minute we’re getting the live scores, the next an accumulative tally of how each American rider has fared in the race for Pyeongcheng spots. If proof were needed that snowboarding might be taking the 'lympics just a little too seriously, this is surely it.
"Chloe Kim only needed one run to outclass the rest of the field, bumping Kelly Clark and Arielle Gold into second and third"
At least it was a pretty good weekend for the Stars and Stripes, so there was plenty for the commentators to talk about. Nowhere more so than in the women’s halfpipe, where (in entirely un-shocking news) wunderkind Chloe Kim took the win. She only needed one run to outclass the rest of the field, bumping Kelly Clark and Arielle Gold into second and third respectively.
Over in the men’s event, Scotty James was the only pipe rider able to prevent another Team USA clean sweep. A score of 96.0 was still only enough to be the Aussie filling in the American sandwich of Ben Ferguson in third, and surprise winner Jake Pates.
"It was a pretty good weekend for the Stars and Stripes"
The young Colorado native went all out in his third run, sticking a clean routine that finished with a double McTwist 1260 tailgrab.
On the slopestyle course, Jamie Anderson’s signature style was on full display - we’re massive fans of her backside 540 in particular - and she did attempt to up her score with an attempted cab double underflip, but in the end her initial safety run was only good enough for second, behind Spencer O’Brien.
The Canadian was a worthy winner, capping off her clean run with a front 7 off the toes into a back 7. Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi took third - like Jamie, don’t be surprised to see her scoop more Olympic bling next year.
Meanwhile Max Parrot was the standout rider in a men’s final that featured only American, Canadian and Norwegian riders. As it turned out, all three countries bagged a medal; Chris Corning took second, and Mons Roisland third. There wasn’t much separating first and second place, but the judges put Max out in front after his second run.
All that was remained was the just-for-laughs Team event, where three riders per brand do battle in the jumps, rails and (best of all) modified halfpipe. Flying the Rome banner, Rene Rinnekangas impressed in the latter, especially as he's not a pipe guy by trade. Check out his run below.
The rest of his team (Ozzy Henning on the rails and Stale Sandbech on the jumps) did their part too, allowing Rome to snatch the win from holders Burton.
That was a wrap from Dew Tour, which isn’t really a tour when you think about it. For anyone wondering which Americans will be in South Korea, you’ve probably got a slightly better idea now. And for the rest of us, there was some pretty good snowboarding.