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After sitting out most of last year’s competition season due to a shoulder injury, Tom Wallisch came back strong to win the slope contest with a 92.75. 17-year-old Nick Goepper was second, and Alexis Godbout was third.
Frenchman Kevin Rolland won the halfpipe competition despite the fact that he threw five tricks to everyone else’s six.
Justin Dorey came in second, just like he did last year, and Breckenridge local Duncan Adams scored the third spot on the podium. Gus Kenworthy, the only athlete to compete in both pipe and slope, finished fourth in both disciplines.
Wallisch, who is known as one of the most stylish skiers in the game, cleaned the course that many other skiers struggled with.
“The adrenaline was good. There was a lot of pressure, but I was able to come through and I’m happy,” Wallisch said after his run.
Rolland, who won last year’s overall Dew Cup, put down three triples for the win. He’s now won the event three years in a row.
Many skiers who are usually strong contenders, like Andreas Håtveit who ran in to trouble on the first rail, struggled on the course.
Dorey, a prolific member of the strong Canadian team came in second. Dorey, who ran first on the first run, apparently wasn’t too thrown off by a worker who failed to notice the comp starting and who was in the pipe during his run.