Horgmo and Anderson Win Dew Tour Slopestyle

NEW YORK — January 10, 2009 — Norwegian Torstein Horgmo maintained the lead in a close contest against Olympic gold medalist Shaun White in the men’s snowboard slopestyle finals and Jamie Anderson won the women’s event Saturday in the second stop of the inaugural Winter Dew Tour.

The 21-year old Horgmo took the lead on his first run and the field was unable to best his score of 92.67. His winning run included technical tricks on the rails and the flat box and a cab 900 on the first jump, to a backside 900 on the second jump. He finished with a switch backside 1260 on the final jump.

“This means a lot to me,” Horgmo said. “Winning a contest is fun. I still don’t feel like I beat anybody here today. I’m only trying to beat myself at the contest. I got my win now. I’m super stoked. I don’t think I really realize it yet.”

White, of Carlsbad, Calif. was second at 92.33 and Andreas Wiig of Norway was third at 88.00.

White remains the overall point leader in the race for the Dew Cup based on this event and his win at the first stop of the Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.

“This was a full-on course,” White said. “We had rails at the top, a rail in the middle, big jumps at the bottom. It was really fun.”

In the women’s field, Anderson, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. made good use of the course with a tail press to a nose press to a pretzel out on the top rails. She landed a switch backside 360 on the first jump to a cab 180 on the box jump. She finished with a frontside 360 to a frontside 520 on the final two jumps to earn 85.67 points.

“I was just having a good day and my body felt good,” Anderson said. “I didn’t really do so many frontside fives in practice, I was kind of just doing backside 180’s so I’m stoked on that part.”

Canadian Spencer O’Brien was second at 81.50 and Chanelle Sladics, of Newport Beach, Calif., was third at 80.67. O’Brien, who won the previous Winter Dew Tour event, remains the overall point leader heading into the season finale next month in California.

The four-day competition is the second of three stops of the Winter Dew Tour that features men’s and women’s freeskiing and snowboarding disciplines. Sunday’s action features the men’s and women’s snowboard superpipe finals.

Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow Resort
Saturday, January 10, 2009
West Dover, Vt.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
1. Torstein Horgmo, Norway, 92.67. 2. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 92.33. 3. Andreas Wiig, Norway, 88.00. 4. Mikkel Bang, Norway, 85.33. 5. Eric Willett, Breckenridge, Colo., 82.67. 6. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 79.33. 7. Brandon Reis, Peterborough, N.H., 76.83. 8. Sam Hulbert, Peterborough, N.H., 74.17. 9. Charles Reid, Canada, 72.50. 10. Yale Cousino, Lincoln, Vt., 71.83.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Points
1. Shaun White, 190. 2. Mikkel Bang, 165. 3. Torstein Horgmo, 160. 4. Andreas Wiig, 155. 5. Sam Hulbert, 125. 6. Charles Reid, 115. 7. Eric Willett, 94. 8. Kevin Pearce, 85. 9. Daniel Ek, 81. 10. Janne Korpi, 80.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 85.67. 2. Spencer O’Brien, Canada, 81.50. 3. Chanelle Sladics, Newport Beach, Calif., 80.67. 4. Jenny Jones, Great Britain, 75.50. 5. Megan Ginter, Redmond, Wash., 75.00. 6. Marie-France Roy, Canada, 74.50.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Points
1. Spencer O’Brien, 190. 2. Jamie Anderson, 175. 3. Jenny Jones, 165. 4. Bev Vuilleumier, 140. 5. Megan Ginter, 140. 6. Chanelle Sladics, 135. 7. Marie-France Roy, 115. 8. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, 110. 9. Kimberly Fasani, 110. 10. Christina Curry, 90.