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2014 Grand Prix: Breckenridge

Despite gnarly wind and snow, we hung out at the Grand Prix in Breckenridge to watch the men's and women's halfpipe finals.

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David Wise throws an Alley-Oop flat spin 540 with an Octograb.  With Challenging conditions, Wise linked together a run that put him on top at the…

David Wise throws an Alley-Oop flat spin 540 with an Octograb. With Challenging conditions, Wise linked together a run that put him on top at the end of the day.

Colorado native Gus Kenworthy sends his Alley-Oop flat spin higher than almost everyone else despite the fresh snow making the halfpipe slow.

Colorado native Gus Kenworthy sends his Alley-Oop flat spin higher than almost everyone else despite the fresh snow making the halfpipe slow.

Qualifying in the last spot, Annalisa Drew (U.S.) climbed her way to 5th place with a clean run and considerable amplitude. Although fresh snow…

Qualifying in the last spot, Annalisa Drew (U.S.) climbed her way to 5th place with a clean run and considerable amplitude. Although fresh snow slowed many competitors down, Drew’s tricks were thrown well above the lip of the halfpipe.

Justin “Bones” Dorey (Canada) grabs tail on a right-side cork 900 mid run.  Although he was able to put down a run, Dorey ended in 6th with a 76.40.

Justin “Bones” Dorey (Canada) grabs tail on a right-side cork 900 mid run. Although he was able to put down a run, Dorey ended in 6th with a 76.40.

Angeli Vanlaanen (U.S.) goes huge with a straight-air mute grab during her second run of the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge. Angeli finished 6th on…

Angeli Vanlaanen (U.S.) goes huge with a straight-air mute grab during her second run of the U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge. Angeli finished 6th on the day.

Lyndon Sheehan (New Zealand) awaits his score during the onslaught of snow during the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix.

Lyndon Sheehan (New Zealand) awaits his score during the onslaught of snow during the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix.

Brita Sigourney (U.S.) throws a huge left-side 540 safety grab on her first hit of the second run.  Qualifying in the top spot, Sigourney was the…

Brita Sigourney (U.S.) throws a huge left-side 540 safety grab on her first hit of the second run. Qualifying in the top spot, Sigourney was the last female athlete to ski, but didn’t link the run she hoped for due to snow conditions.

Lyndon Sheehan (New Zealand) collects himself after a fall during a right-side 900 tail on his first hit.  The flurries and flat light made it hard…

Lyndon Sheehan (New Zealand) collects himself after a fall during a right-side 900 tail on his first hit. The flurries and flat light made it hard to spot and land tricks.

Devin Logan (U.S.) sends a right-side flair on her first hit of her second run.  Logan was the only female performing this trick with the tough…

Devin Logan (U.S.) sends a right-side flair on her first hit of her second run. Logan was the only female performing this trick with the tough conditions due to copious amounts of snow and flurries throughout the day.

Simon Dumont (U.S.) sends a massive right-side cork 900 mute well above the halfpipe deck.  Known for his amplitude and high intensity runs, Dumont…

Simon Dumont (U.S.) sends a massive right-side cork 900 mute well above the halfpipe deck. Known for his amplitude and high intensity runs, Dumont ended in 4th. He’s one of the top American hopefuls for halfpipe going into the Olympics.

The women’s halfpipe podium at the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo.: 1st place, Maddie Bowman (U.S.) with an 84.00;  2nd Place, Ayana…

The women’s halfpipe podium at the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo.: 1st place, Maddie Bowman (U.S.) with an 84.00; 2nd Place, Ayana Onozuka (Japan) with an 82.80; 3rd place, Amy Sheehan (Australia) with a 78.00.

Noah Bowman (Canada) grabs tail on his right-side 900. Although qualifying in the 5th spot, Bowman’s best run landed him in 9th place.

Noah Bowman (Canada) grabs tail on his right-side 900. Although qualifying in the 5th spot, Bowman’s best run landed him in 9th place.

Kevin Rolland (France) collects his equipment after his last run in the finish area.  Rolland was the top qualifier and able to earn the bronze medal…

Kevin Rolland (France) collects his equipment after his last run in the finish area. Rolland was the top qualifier and able to earn the bronze medal being one of the only people during the event to land a double cork.

Broby Leeds (U.S.) grabs tail on his left-side cork 900.

Broby Leeds (U.S.) grabs tail on his left-side cork 900.

Alex Ferreria (U.S.) holds his mute grab all the way through his left-side double cork 1260.  Ferreria was one of a few competitors that threw this…

Alex Ferreria (U.S.) holds his mute grab all the way through his left-side double cork 1260. Ferreria was one of a few competitors that threw this usually stock trick because of difficult weather conditions. He stuck to his run, which ended him in 8th place.

David Wise (U.S.) grabs tail on his right-side cork 900 during his second run on his way to victory.

David Wise (U.S.) grabs tail on his right-side cork 900 during his second run on his way to victory.

Brita Sigourney (U.S.) takes a snowmobile tow after practice to the top of the halfpipe for the start of her first run.  The Breckenridge park crew…

Brita Sigourney (U.S.) takes a snowmobile tow after practice to the top of the halfpipe for the start of her first run. The Breckenridge park crew was on top of their game with constant slip and course maintenance allowing for the competition to continue despite 8 inches of snow reported in the morning.

Brita Sigourney (U.S.) grabs tail on a left-side 540 near the end of her first run.  She was the top qualifier and finished the day in 4th.

Brita Sigourney (U.S.) grabs tail on a left-side 540 near the end of her first run. She was the top qualifier and finished the day in 4th.

Ayana Onozuka (Japan) sends a huge straight-air safety grab on her first run of the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix. Onozuka was the only Japanese competitor to…

Ayana Onozuka (Japan) sends a huge straight-air safety grab on her first run of the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix. Onozuka was the only Japanese competitor to make finals in Breckenridge, and her amplitude and style were enough to land her in 2nd despite the windy and snowy conditions.

The men’s halfpipe podium at the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo.:  1st place, David Wise (U.S.) with an 89.00; 2nd place, Mike Riddle…

The men’s halfpipe podium at the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo.: 1st place, David Wise (U.S.) with an 89.00; 2nd place, Mike Riddle (Canada) with an 85.20; 3rd place, Kevin Rolland (France) with an 82.00.