Anderson Leads Dew Tour Team Challenge
Double-Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson continued her hot-streak at the 2020 Dew Tour Thursday at Copper Mountain, Colo. Jamie led Team Oakley in the Team Challenge competition and earned her third win in three weeks.
“I’m stoked on Team Oakley grabbing the win today,” said Jamie. “The Team Challenge was super fun. It’s a really light vibe and a good atmosphere with all your friends. It felt great to have the whole Oakley Team out there supporting me. This event truly embodies the spirit of snowboarding.”
The Dew Tour Team Challenge consists of slopestyle, modified superpipe, and street style competition. Jamie was pulling double duty representing her team in both slopestyle and the street portion, yet she was able to win each competition and work towards the victory for Team Oakley. Today also marked the first time the world’s best female athletes represented their brands in the event alongside a male counterpart.
On the freeskiing end of the Team Challenge, no U.S. Freeski Team members walked away with a team victory, but there were some notable highlights. Representing Team Faction, Alex Hall was the winner of the slopestyle portion and landed a beautiful 270 on front side 630 off with a tail tap. Also, back-to-back X Games Aspen gold medalist Alex Ferreira landed a massive double-flat 720 with Japan grab out of the quarter pipe, and into the traditional portion of the superpipe despite speed challenges.
Team Volkl, led by captain Hunter Hess, was the host to U.S. Freeski Rookie Team member Grace Henderson’s Dew Tour competition debut. With Alex, veteran and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, U.S. Freeski Rookie Team member Marin Hamill, and the 2018 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Oystein Braaten from Norway, they may have very well been having more fun than anyone.
“I put in a lot of work out here,” said Hunter jokingly as he didn’t compete in any element of the Team Challenge contest. “The results today mainly fall on me, it’s all on my shoulders.”
The Team Challenge competition seemed to have temporarily lifted significant pressure off many of the athlete’s shoulders. Even Grace, who was competing in her first-ever Dew Tour, was all smiles during the halfpipe competition.
“This has been super fun,” said Grace. “This is actually my first pipe event and I would never think it would be at Dew Tour. I’m happy to be here with Alex and Nick trying to crush it for Team Volkl.”
While last week’s Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix resembled pristine spring conditions, day one of Dew Tour kicked off with relentless snowfall causing the cancellation of both snowboard and freeski slopestyle qualifications. However, the day finished strong with a complete freeski and snowboard Team Challenge program. Although skiers and riders only competed on the first four-features (rails) during the slopestyle portion of the competition due to challenging conditions, it still made for a great day of powdery competition.
Competition continues on Friday with the women’s ski modified superpipe final. Head out to Copper Mountain or tune in live to catch all the action.
HOW TO WATCH
Winter Dew Tour will be live-streamed in its entirety on DewTour.com, Facebook Live, YouTube
Subject to change
All times MST
Friday, Feb. 7
12:30 p.m. - Women’s Ski Modified Superpipe Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
Saturday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. - Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
3:00 p.m. - Women’s Ski Streetstyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
5:45 p.m. - Men’s Ski Streetstyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
Sunday, Feb. 9
9:00 a.m. - Men’s Ski Modified Superpipe Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
2:00 p.m. - Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
Saturday, Feb. 8
9:00 a.m. - Women’s Snowboard Modified Superpipe Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
10:45 a.m. - Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
3:45 p.m. - Women’s Snowboard Streetstyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
6:45 p.m. - Men’s Snowboard Streetstyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
Sunday, Feb. 9
10:45 a.m. - Men’s Snowboard Modified Superpipe Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.
12:30 p.m. - Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final - Copper Mountain, Colo.