In­ter­na­tional ath­letes dom­i­nate

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Blevins

breck­en­ridge » The ninth an­nual Dew Tour took over Breck­en­ridge this week­end with a fresh ap­proach to slopestyle con­tests, the de­but of adap­tive snow­board racing, a street­style com­pe­ti­tion on Main Street and stormy weather that chal­lenged the Dew Tour’s new owner, The En­thu­si­ast Net­work.

The me­dia out­fit TEN took a new tack for the Dew Tour, di­vid­ing the snow­board and ski slopestyle con­tests into sep­a­rate big air and jib com­pe­ti­tions, with ath­letes com­pet­ing Fri­day on the 65-foot jump and Satur­day on the boxes, walls and rails. For the first time in nine years, the Dew Tour was un­able to host a su­per­pipe con­test, as the warm Novem­ber hin­dered snow­mak­ing at Breck­en­ridge.

Canada’s Mark McMor­ris — the world’s best slopestyle snow­boarder — dom­i­nated both the jump and rails, show­ing lit­tle sign of his ar­du­ous re­cov­ery from a bro­ken fe­mur last Fe­bru­ary. McMor­ris led a Cana­dian sweep of the slopestyle con­test, ahead of his Olympic team­mates Max Par­rot and Se­bastien Toutant.

Cal­i­for­nia’s Jamie An­der­son led the women snow­board­ers in Satur­day’s blus­tery jib con­test, spin­ning tech­ni­cal tricks on and off the course’s rails, fol­lowed by 16-year-old Hai­ley Lang­land and Cana­dian veteran Spencer O’Brien. The women will com­pete in the slopestyle jump com­pe­ti­tion Sun­day.

On the women’s ski side, it was the Kelly Sil­daru show. The 14-year-old phe­nom from Es­to­nia is on a tear, win­ning last sea­son’s Dew Tour and X Games’ slopestyle comps. Weigh­ing less than 100 pounds, the ac­ro­batic Sil­daru climbed way above the start gate for Fri­day’s air con­test to gain the speed needed for her big air ex­ploits in a con­test she won by more than 20 points. At Satur­day’s rail con­test, the week­end’s youngest com­peti­tor as­sem­bled what might be the most tech­ni­cal run ever laid down by a woman skier to claim her sec­ond Dew Tour vic­tory.

Mag­gie Voisin of Mon­tana took sec­ond, fol­lowed by Canada’s Kaya Turski.

The dread-locked Swede Hen­rik Har­laut won the big air con­test Fri­day and his work on the rails Satur­day crowned him slopestyle win­ner, fol­lowed by Nor­way’s Oys­tein Braten and Cana­dian Alex Beaulieu-Marc­hand.

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