Kyle Smaine wins halfpipe at Revolution Tour

Tribune staff report
South Lake Tahoe's Kyle Smaine (center) celebrates on the podium alongside Colby Stevenson (left) and Beau Wells after winning the halfpipe competition in the first U.S. Revolution Tour event of the season. Smaine's left corked 1260 on the first hit bested his competition.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — The U.S. Revolution Tour kicked off at Copper Mountain on Dec. 19 — and a local skier finished atop the podium. South Lake Tahoe’s Kyle Smaine won the halfpipe competition, and was one of three Americans to win an event.

Under cloudy skies, a heavy-hitting international field showed up to compete at Copper Mountain’s 22-foot halfpipe and four-feature slopestyle course, but U.S. skiers took home three of the top spots. Smaine’s left corked 1260 on the first hit bested Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah) and Beau Wells (Wanaka, New Zealand) to take home the win — his run included a right corked 1080, switch 720, right 900 and left 900 truck driver.

In women’s halfpipe, American Annalisa Drew outdid New Zealander Janina Kuzma, who won the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper two weeks earlier, and French skier Anais Cardeaux. She won with a left 900 safety grab.

In slopestyle the American men swept the podium led by Tim Ryan (Waterville Valley, N.H.), who landed a double 900 and double 1080 on the last two jumps of the course — Eddie Gildea took home second. Stevenson, who finished second in halfpipe event, took home his second podium of the week with a third place finish in slope.

On the women’s side, Norwegian Johanne Killi landed back-to-back 540s to win the event and Nadia Gonzales (Angel Fire, N.M.) and Darian Stevens (Missoula, Mont.) rounded out the rest of the women’s podium. The U.S. Revolution Tour continues Jan. 28-30 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania.

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