The fifth annual Dumont Cup came to a close today at Sunday River, Maine. Under blue skies and a warm sun, athletes threw down on the Rocking Chair trail, gunning for a piece of the $20,000 pie, and valuable AFP points to boot. At the end of the day, it was Park City’s Joss Christensen taking home the third place cheque, Telluride’s Gus Kenworthy grabbing second, and 2013 X Games Aspen champion, Nick Goepper, adding another first place trophy to his ever-growing collection.
After a training day Thursday and a heated qualifier on Friday, the stage was set for today’s semi- and final rounds. Forty-two athletes dropped in this morning during the semis, with two runs each to prove their worth. While many stomped impressive runs, only twelve would advance to the afternoon final. Awaiting them was Mr. Agustus “Gus” Kenworthy, pre-qualified straight to finals as a result of winning the event in 2012. Thus, it would be 13 athletes competing for the ultimate bragging rights, with three runs each to get ‘er done.
A sizable crowd gathered to watch the show, lining the fences from top to bottom. Undoubtedly the East Coast’s biggest annual skiing event (the only Platinum rated AFP contest this side of the Mississippi), fans were wide-eyed as they watched the athletes rip past, one by one, each hucking an assortment of wild spins, flips, doubles, etc.
2013 Dumont Cup finals — Speaking with the top three finishers
The top three runs today went as follows:
Christensen’s third place run consisted of a lip 270 on, 270 out of the down rail up top; a switch on, front 450 out of the cannon feature; a right 10 leading tail; left dub 12 double japan and a switch dub 10 tail to close.
Kenworthy earned his keep with a run that included a switch (tails over) left 270 disaster onto the down-flat-down rail up top; a switch right 270 on, backside 270 out of the Red Bull wallride; a rodeo 9 mute to opp Japan; switch right 10 lead tail and a switch dub rodeo 10 Japan to finish ‘er out.
Taking the cake was Mr. Goepper, who skied his way to the top of a podium with a switch 270 on, pretzel 270 out of the down rail; a switch 270 on, misty 450 off the cannon; a switch bio 9 double Japan; left dub 12 blunt and a switch dub misty 12 mute to follow. “We couldn’t have asked for a better weather day,” said Goepper following the event. “I love coming out here in the spring, it’s always a really fun contest and I’m really excited to come back next year.” Goepper also won the Dumont Cup in 2011.
2013 Dumont Cup champion — Nick Goepper
“We just wrapped up the fifth annual Dumont Cup, everything feels amazing,” Dumont told me as the crowd began to dissipate this afternoon. “When you plan something of this magnitude, to see it come to fruition, it’s awesome. All of the athletes threw down hard.” And throw down hard they did indeed—and not surprisingly. While this time last year we experienced temps in the 80s, and rapid snowmelt as a result, Sunday River prepped well in advance this time around, blowing an incredible amount of snow for the park crew to utilize during construction. As a result, the course was bigger and better than ever before.
“Sunday River is the one I really have to take my hat off for,” said Dumont. “They’ve been amazing. There’s so much snow up here, the course was better than ever.” Simon also gave thanks to the additional event sponsors: Toyota, Empire, Target, Oakley, Nike and Giro. “It was a great day,” he continued. “Thanks to everyone who came out.”
And while Simon certainly dished out his fair share of thanks today, I’ll take this opportunity to thank the Dumont himself for hosting yet another spectacular contest. Between the shredding, the sunshine and slush, and the assortment of off-hill activities, it’s one of our favorite annual contests.
Your gracious host, Mr. Dumont
With the skiing portion of the event now in the books, it’s time to enjoy the après scene here in good ol’ Bethel, Maine. Dumont will host a slew of athletes at his home tonight for lobster dinner—an annual tradition—and from there, it’s on to the Matternhorn and the Foggy Goggle. We’ll “see yah at the bah, spohts fans.”
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2013 Dumont Cup Final Results
1. Nick Goepper
2. Gus Kenworthy
3. Joss Christensen
4. Matt Walker
5. Alex Schlopy
6. Lyman Currier
7. Noah Wallace
8. Colby Stevenson
9. Evan McEachran
10. LJ Strenio
11. JF Houle
12. Yan Bussieres
13. PK Hunder