Abrams goes coast to coast for first pro win
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Motivation to win was at an all-time high for Brent Abrams in the East Coast Freeskiing Open superpipe on Saturday in Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.
Abrams came into the competition in search of his first pro freeride victory and looking to qualify for the U.S. Open and World Superpipe Championships. He also wanted to win for his mom, Sue, who made the trip across country to watch him compete.
But more than anything, the South Shore skier was amped to defend the reputation of the West Coast against an almost all-Northeast field.
“They take pride and they want to win on their home turf, so it was really cool to be the West Coast kid and take it all away from them,” Abrams said.
Abrams, 18, bettered his previous best pro finish by two places as he captured the superpipe title by 10 points.
“It’s the biggest performance of my career,” Abrams said. “Last year, I got third; this year, I finally walked away with first place.
“Before this, I made the finals in lot of events and got ninth, 13th, sixth and tied for fifth. I still wanted more and it was nice to make it to the top of the podium.”
Abrams topped the qualifying round by nine points and kept nailing his runs in the finals.
“I was pretty much on fire all day,” Abrams said. “I stomped my first run in the finals and stomped my second run.”
Abrams still cleared the field by nine points after the first run of finals and padded his lead by a point with a better final run. His winning run included an indy grab, 900 mute grab, unnatural flair safety grab, 1080 and finally a switch zero spin safety grab.
Abrams is hoping to continue his hot streak at the World Superpipe Championships this weekend in Park City, Utah. He’s the first alternate and believes he will get to compete because a couple of entrants are injured.
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