Dew Tour: Wallisch, Turski grab ski slopestyle Dew Cups, Goepper takes final leg
The kickers were big but the airs were bigger today (Feb. 12) in Snowbasin, Utah as the 2012 Winter Dew Tour came to a close with Canadian Kaya Turski and U.S. Freeskiing’s Tom Wallisch hoisting up the slopesyle ski Dew Cups as snow came down.
Turski, winner of the first women’s tour stop as well as this season's X Games, did it again today with a winning score of 93.75 points in her second run in the best of two-run format thanks to a huge a switch 720 high mute into a switch 5 Japan at the end of her run.
“I’m training really hard," said the 23-year-old from Montreal. "The opportunity of us being in the Olympics is really huge for me. I’m very excited to go and represent Canada in 2014.”
Three points behind Turski today was defending world champion Anna Segal of Australia in second place. Last night’s superpipe winner, Devin Logan made her way to both women’s freeski podiums this weekend with the third-place trophy in today’s slope style contest.
"Devin really gave it her all, she’s keeping me on my toes," Turski said. "All the girls are really skiing well these days. The level is definitely being pushed. So it’s really exciting being up there and dropping in, you really have to bring your A Game, and that’s what I did."
Wallisch, a 24-year-old native of Pittsburgh and recently minted X Games slopestyle champion, finished second today behind 17-year-old Nick Goepper of Lawrenceburg, Ind., but Wallisch was carried to top of the Dew Cup standings by his wins at both of the previous two tour stops in Breckenridge, Colo. and Killington, Vt.
"I’m not much of a go for broke, last run huck yourself, try something new kind of guy," Wallisch said. "I’d rather see skiing be smoother. Just full, complete, good runs. I never really try to huck myself second run. I just go for cleaning it up. Making it as smooth as possible. And it’s worked for me in the past, so I’m going to keep doing it."
Goepper sealed the win today with a 95-point score in his second run that had the crowd screaming with a switch left double 10 Japan and finished with a switch right double 14 mute on the bottom two jumps. Wallisch was 2.75 points back. Goepper was also voted the Mitch Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. "I’ve been so close all year, but to finally get the number one spot feels awesome," Goepper said.
Breckenridge local and recently crowned X Games big air gold medalist Bobby Brown took third today, landing third in the overall standings as well. Brown won the slopestyle Dew Cup last season.
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Full results to come