Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman deliver cups at Dew Tour Mountain Championships
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — The first day of the Dew Tour Mountain Championships had a local flavor atop the podium. A pair of South Lake Tahoe natives — snowboarder Jamie Anderson and freeskier Maddie Bowman — each won Dew Cups last Friday in the events held at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
“The Dew Tour pipe is amazing. You don’t have to work against it, it totally works with you and it’s one of my favorites,” said Bowman, a back-to-back Dew Cup winner. “I’m just happy to be back doing what I love and I couldn’t be happier to take home a win at Dew Tour.”
Bowman kicked off the competition with the women’s freeski superpipe finals last Friday. Her winning run that featured boosted straight air, right 900, left 540, corked 900 and a 720 earned her the top spot with a final score of 91.25. Top qualifier Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) joined Bowman on the podium with a score of 86.25, followed closely by Ayana Onozuka (Japan) with a score of 85.75.
Friday’s excitement continued on the slopestyle course with the women’s snowboard slopestyle final. Although all of the women threw down over-the-top tricks, it was Anderson who ultimately came out on top.
Anderson’s big tricks included a 270 out on the upper rails, backside 540 mute to cab 720 tail and huge frontside 720 on the bottom money booter, and helped her earn a third consecutive first-place finish with a score of 96.25. Rounding out the podium were Enni Rukajärvi (Finland) with a score of 93.25 and Christy Prior (New Zealand) with a score of 90.00.
“I am inspired by these ladies every day, and the energy of the competition,” Anderson said. “For me, it’s fun. It’s so inspiring to be out in here in the mountains and do what I love and progressing in the sport.”
Three other local athletes advanced to event finals at the Dew Tour championships. In the women’s snowboard superpipe final last Saturday, Elena Hight came in fifth with a score of 73.25 and Sierra-at-Tahoe snowboarder Hannah Teter placed sixth with a score of 35.50.
In the men’s freeski superpipe final last Saturday, South Tahoe High alum Kyle Smaine finished 10th with a score of 73.75. American athletes topped the first six podiums at the championships.