Yater-Wallace qualifies first in halfpipe at Dew Tour; see video here
Under the lights this evening on Breck’s Peak 8, 26 athletes faced off in the Dew Tour superpipe qualifier. Skiers had two chances each—best run counts—to impress the judges; each of them were gunning for one of 16 spots in Saturday’s final round. Finishing in the top spot was 18-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace. Behind him was Frenchman Kevin Rolland and in third was Aaron Blunck.
The men return to the pipe tomorrow night for finals, at 4:30 p.m. MT
Despite cold temps and a slight delay on account of a lighting malfunction, the contest was a solid one—highlighted by Torin’s first run out of the gates. That winning run included a lofty rightside double 1260 to open, a left 1080, switch 720, alley-oop flat 540, a flatspin 540 and a leftside 900 to close. Torin’s performance is all the more impressive given he collapsed a lung just a week and a half ago.
Freeskier’s Donny O’Neill spoke with Torin at the base of the pipe:
Hear more sound bites from qualifiers: click here
We now look forward to the halfpipe finals, slated for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. MT—it should be a great show, made all the more fun given the American and Canadian competitors are vying for spots on their respective Olympic rosters.
Advancing to the men’s superpipe final are:
1. Torin Yater-Wallace (USA) 93.00
2. Kevin Rolland (FRA) 90.20
3. Aaron Blunck (USA) 89.40
4. Mike Riddle (CAN) 88.60
5. David Wise (USA) 88.40
6. Kyle Smaine (USA) 86.00
7. Simon Dumont (USA) 83.80
8. Noah Bowman (CAN) 82.00
9. Alex Ferreira (USA) 81.80
10. Beau-James Wells (NZL) 81.40
11. Taylor Seaton (USA) 81.00
12. Lyman Currier (USA) 80.60
13. Gus Kenworthy (USA) 79.80
14. Broby Leeds (USA) 78.00
15. Justin Dorey (CAN) 76.80
16. Simon d’Artois (CAN) 76.40