Killington, Vt. – January 22, 2011 – Louie Vito, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, won his second straight snowboard superpipe Winter Dew Tour final, further securing his lead in overall rankings heading into the final stop of the 2010-11 season and putting him as one of the leading contenders for Toyota Athlete of the Year. On the women’s side, Vermont’s own Kelly Clark of West Dover secured her first snowboard superpipe win of the 2010-11 season in her hometown state. The best snowboarders in the world battled it out on Killington Resort’s brand-new 22-foot superpipe, which debuted at the Winter Dew Tour event.
Vito, age 22, was at the top of the leader board heading into his second run, but that didn’t stop him from going all out. After throwing out tricks that included back to back double corks, a frontside 10 and a frontside tailgrab, Vito earned the top score of 93.00 on his victory lap. Breckenridge, Colorado’s JJ Thomas, 29, placed second with an 88.00 and 23-year-old Mason Aguirre of Duluth, Minn. finished third with an 86.50.
“I feel great about landing a solid run out here. The pipe was good and everyone rode really well overall,” said Vito. “I feel good heading into Snowbasin next month, and hopefully I can just stay on my feet.”
Clark, 27, earned the highest women’s snowboard superpipe score in Winter Dew Tour history with a 95.75. Showing huge amplitude throughout, Clark’s run included a front 9, back 5, front 7, cab 7 and front 5. Following behind in second place was Aspen, Colorado’s Gretchen Bleiler, 27, who earned a score of 92.25. Span’s Queralt Castellet, 21, rounded out the podium in third with an 86.00. Castellet’s finish is still enough to keep her in the lead in overall Winter Dew Tour rankings heading into the Championship event.
“It was a great event today, and I’m glad to be back home in Vermont and to do so well,” said Clark. “I was really happy with my riding and to get the highest score in women’s halfpipe in Winter Dew Tour history is amazing.”
The four-day competition is the second of three stops on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour featuring men and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. The Winter Dew Tour will continue tonight with the men’s freeski superpipe final under the lights and conclude tomorrow with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals.
Winter Dew Tour at Killington
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Killington, Vt. – Killington Resort
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 93.00. 2. JJ Thomas, Breckenridge, Colo., 88.00., 3. Mason Aguirre, Duluth, Minn., 86.50. 4. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 83.50. 5. Spencer Shaw, Stratton, Vt., 83.00. 6. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 82.00. 7. Ben Watts, Bend, Ore., 75.25. 8. Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 71.50. 9. Zach Black, Breckenridge, Colo., 58.00. 10. Jack Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 55.50. 11. Brennen Swanson, Stillwater, Minn., 26.00. 12, Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., DNS.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Louie Vito, 200. 2. JJ Thomas, 174. 3. Matt Ladley, 166. 4. Mason Aguirre, 166. 5. Steve Fisher, 152. 6. Trevor Jacob, 140. 7. Greg Bretz, 136. 8. Spencer Shaw, 123. 9. Luke Mitrani, 107. 10. Jake Mitrani, 99.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 95.75. 2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, Colo., 92.25. 3. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 86.00. 4. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 81.50. 5. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 80.25., 6. Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, Calif., 46.25.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Queralt Castellet, 186. 2. Kelly Clark, 174. 3. Elena Hight, 174. 4. Soko Yamaoka, 156. 5. Kaitlyn Farrington, 144. 6. Ellery Hollingsworth, 136. 7. Kelly Marren, 132. 8. Gretchen Bleiler, 92. 9. Jamie Anderson, 86. 10. Sophie Rodriguez, 82.
The complete 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Nike 6.0 Open Dec. 16-19 Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Winter Dew Tour Killington Jan. 20-23 Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championships Feb. 10-13 Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah
In its third season, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at the Toyota Championship at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah. The 2009-10 Dew Cup champions include Andreas Hatveit (Freeski Slopestyle), Jossi Wells (Freeski Superpipe), Jamie Anderson (Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle), Sage Kotsenburg (Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle), Kaitlyn Farrington (Women’s Snowboard Superpipe), JJ Thomas (Men’s Snowboard Superpipe).
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