BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Former Squaw Valley Freestyle coach Brita Sigourney's amplitude and technical tricks earned her a victory in the women's halfpipe finals at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo., on Friday.
Teammate Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe, whose run featured left and right 900s with strong grabs, landed her in second.
It was Sigourney's first competition back after she suffered a knee injury in late February. Her winning run featured impressive height with a 900 and 540s spinning both left and right.
"I am so happy right now with my skiing, to come off a knee injury and after having to sit out the rest of the season last year was such a bummer and this is so rewarding," said Sigourney, who's from Carmel. "I have been training at the Center of Excellence all summer and fall and it really paid off. I really needed this to help get my confidence back up."
After extreme blowing winds and snow, former North Tahoe resident Chas Guldemond of Reno overcame treacherous conditions to take second in the Dew Tour slopestyle snowboarding finals Sunday.
Canadian Mark McMorris captured the win and Norway's Staale Sandbech was third.
"I see all of these competitions as great training in my goal to make it to the Olympics," Guldemond said. "The weather was really tough today, but I think we all did our best and are having fun, which is what snowboarding is really all about. I'm really happy with my finish today and glad I was able to keep my speed up despite the wind and snow."
Guldemond's second run featured near perfect double backside rodeo that he was able take all the way to the bottom of the jump. He also landed a smooth cab double 1260, and was one of the few competitors to put down an impressive run despite the adverse conditions.
Next up for the men's and women's halfpipe athletes is the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and FIS World Cup at Copper Mountain, Colo., from Jan. 9-13.
X Games champ Nate Holland of Squaw Valley teammed up with Olympic champion Seth Wescott to take the team snowboardcross title at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session in Telluride, Colo., on Saturday.
It was the second straight weekend U.S. Snowboarding has triumphed in a FIS Snowboarding World Cup team event, as Holland combined with Hagen Kearney last weekend in Austria for the win.
For Wescott, it was a victory sweep after winning the USANA Snowboardcross Cup on Friday.
Next up is the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Stoneham, PQ, from Jan. 24-26.