Sunday, amid heavy snowfall in Breckenridge, Grand Prix competitors took to Peak 8’s famed superpipe, on the hunt for Olympic qualifying points. Eight women and 16 men advanced through Thursday’s qualifier round, and each had two runs in the final to impress the judges.
On the men’s side, David Wise bagged his second win of the season—the first coming at Dew Tour, held here at Breckenridge in December—while Maddie Bowman took top honors among the ladies; this marks Maddie’s third podium in as many Olympic qualifiers this season. Maddie, too, earned a win at Dew Tour. Each with two wins, Wise and Bowman are now mathematically locked for spots on the US Olympic Team.
The halfpipe contest wraps up a week that was plagued by inclement weather. On Friday, the slopestyle finals were cancelled, leading event organizers to use qualifying scores as the final rankings. On the snowboard side, both the superpipe and slopestyle contests were cancelled.
As we head into Park City this week, for the final two Olympic qualifiers on North American soil this season, the race is tight. More on that later today. For now, we’ve got some sound bytes for you: We spoke with Wise, Bowman and Aaron Blunck, who suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday.
David Wise re: winning Grand Prix at Breck
Maddie Bowman re: winning Grand Prix at Breck
Aaron Blunck re: shoulder injury
Men’s Halfpipe Results (Final), Grand Prix at Breckenridge:
1. David Wise (USA) 89.00
2. Mike Riddle (CAN) 85.20
3. Kevin Rolland (FRA) 82.00
4. Simon Dumont (USA) 81.00
5. Thomas Krief (FRA) 77.20
6. Justin Dorey (CAN) 76.40
7. Simon D’Artois (CAN) 74.40
8. Alex Ferreira (USA) 72.60
9. Noah Bowman (CAN) 72.00
10. Lyman Currier (USA) 71.20
11. Benoit Valentin (FRA) 69.00
12. Kentaro Tsuda (JPN) 65.60
13. Lyndon Sheehan (NZL) 63.20
14. Broby Leeds (USA) 47.20
15. Gus Kenworthy (USA) 35.80
16. Yannic Lerjen (SUI) DNS
Women’s Halfpipe Results (Final), Grand Prix at Breckenridge:
1. Maddie Bowman (USA) 84.00
2. Ayana Onozuka (JPN) 82.80
3. Amy Sheehan (AUS) 78.00
4. Brita Sigourney (USA) 76.60
5. Annalisa Drew (USA) 74.40
6. Angeli VanLaanen (USA) 73.00
7. Devin Logan (USA) 71.60
8. Marie Martinod (FRA) 60.20