Amidst nasty wind gusts and flat light, the pros are battling the elements, not just each other. There’s so much happening at Breck, so let’s be brief.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semis
Shaun White gave us a glimpse of what made him a champ. Somewhat a relief, as there’s nothing worse than a legend falling from a great place. He took the lead with a slew of 1080s switch and regular. Defending champ Taylor Gold answered with double 1080s, a 900 and stylish airs, but this time, it was only enough to get him into second place. Ben Ferguson qualified third, Olympic champ Iouri Podladtchikov came in seventh. Notable misses were Benji Farrow and veteran Danny Davis. The final will be an eclectic mix.
Women’s Freeski Superpipe Final
It was a nice change to see a couple of people we don’t normally see on the podium. Ayana Onozuka finished first, Cassie Sharp came in second, while Brita Sigourney rounded it up in third. Sigourney has had a few podium finishes since returning from injury, so this could be her year.
Men’s Ski Slopestyle Semis
James Woods is on a roll this season, qualifying first, with Jossi Wells not far behind. Bobby Brown is through in third – it’s good to see one of the Tour’s staples still going strong. Notable mentions are Olympic champs Joss Christensen and Gus Kenworthy, who have a strong chance at climbing higher up the leaderboard.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Spencer O’Brien is through to the finals, while one of the youngest competitors, Hailey Langland impressed the crowd, qualifying for the finals.
Multiple-time winning slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson broke her collarbone during practice but intends to compete at X Games. She’s a tough one, so she’ll no doubt be ready. Slopestyle skier Kaya Turski had to pull out “indefinitely” after undergoing surgery on her left forearm and left middle finger. She’s “optimistic” on her return in 2016, and so are we.
More highlights to come!