Recap: Norwegian Øystein Bråten steals the show at the 2014 Dew Tour men’s slopestyle semifinals

Recap: Norwegian Øystein Bråten steals the show at the 2014 Dew Tour men’s slopestyle semifinals

 

The boys took their talents to the top of the Freeway Terrain Park at Breckenridge Mountain for the 2014 Dew Tour semifinals today; they were throwing down throughout the morning on the massive jumps and technical rail features, making for an exciting show from start to finish. Unfortunately, athlete Colby Stevenson withdrew from the competition following a crash in today’s practice, leaving 29 of the best park skiers on the planet to fight for 12 spots in Sunday’s main event.

Per usual, the crew battled it out in a best of two run format. However, the Dew Tour added a brand new element to the competition this year with the introduction of its Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). The top ten riders moved on from the first two runs and just two riders advanced through the LCQ.

Watch: Øystein Bråten on his day at the Dew Tour

The first two runs were highlighted by an insane second run from Øystein Bråten. The 19-year-old Norwegian came out swinging on his second attempt, stomping a 450 on to 270 out on the first rail, a frontside switch up to 270 out on the second rail, a rightside 900 blunt on his first jump, a switch right double cork 1080 safety on his second jump, a switch 270 disaster to pretzel 270 out on the Toyota rail feature, followed by a switch double cork 1260 high mute on the third jump and a double cork 1080 safety on the final jump, earning a score of 92.00.

Watch: Øystein Bråten’s top qualifying run at the 2014 Winter Dew Tour

Nick Goepper claimed the second spot heading into Sunday’s finals with a solid run including a switch double cork 1080, a front swap 450 out on the Toyota rail feature and a stomped right side double cork 1260 on his final hit, posting a score of 91.00. Sweden’s own Oscar Wester chased on the heels of Goepper with a score of 90.75. The eye candy out of Stockholm landed a nice switch on to pretzel 450 out and a nose butter double cork into a switch double twelve high mute in his run to lock up third place on the day. Rounding out the top five was Canadian Alex Bellemare (90.25) and the famed Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy (87.00).

The LCQ brought a lot of drama to the bottom of the Dew Tour slopestyle setup. Run after run, there seemed to be a new leader as each of the 10 athletes came through the course. At the end of the one-run bout it was 16-year-old Andri Ragettli (89.50) and Park City, UT local McRae Williams (89.00) who proved best with the chance to compete in finals, knocking out Bobby Brown and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.

Another noteworthy performance was from the one and only Henrik Harlaut. After receiving a re-run on account of an interference by a cameraman, E-Dollo capitalized on his third attempt through the course, making noise with a huge wall ride transfer as well as his signature double corks. Harlaut locked up a spot in Sunday’s finals, earning a score of 83.75.

Listen: Henrik Harlaut on qualifying for finals on Sunday

Listen: McRae Williams on making the 2014 Dew Tour slopestyle finals
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*Top Ten Advance to Finals*

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*Top Two Scores Advances to Finals*

Men’s slopestyle finals are going down on Sunday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m. Be sure to tune into @FreeskierLive on Twitter for all of the action and dewtour.com for a live stream of the event.

Related: Maggie Voisin claims the top seed in the 2014 Dew Tour women’s slopestyle semifinals

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