Alexis Godbout & Ashley Battersby Win Freeski Slopestyle Finals at Winter Dew Tour
From the Winter Dew Tour — Breckenridge, Colo. – December 19, 2010 – Canada’s Alexis Godbout claimed his first-ever Winter Dew Tour victory at today’s men’s freeski slopstyle final, closing out the four-day Nike 6.0 Open at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Prior to Godbout’s win, Ashley Battersby of Park City, Utah, was victorious in the women’s freeski slopestyle final, earning a top score of 83.00.
One of three athletes to never miss a Winter Dew Tour final, 20-year-old Godbout finally landed on top of the podium at the season-opening event. Godbout’s second run included a back 270, right rodeo 9 and a huge right kangaroo flip to earn a first-place score of 94.50. With a hometown crowd cheering him on, Breckenridge’s Bobby Brown, 19, placed second with a 92.25. Twenty-one-year-old Sammy Carlson of Tigard, Ore., followed behind in third with an 88.75.
“I really didn’t expect this that’s for sure. I’m stoked,” said Godbout. “I mean, I started the season in an amazing way and I couldn’t be happier.”
Twenty-two-year-old Battersby had a first place run in the women’s freeski slopestyle finals that included a disaster (when you air the first part of a rail and slide down the second) on the Nike 6.0 Burlington Double Set, a disaster to switch on the Toyota rail, a switch 540 and a 720. Breckenridge’s own Keri Herman, 28, placed second on her home mountain with a flat score of 83.00 and Canadian Jessica Warll, 22, rounded out the podium in third with an 80.00.
“It’s amazing to win the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour, and it feels so unreal,” said Battersby. “This is definitely one of my dreams and one of my goals that I’ve accomplished so I’m psyched.”
The four-day competition was the first of three stops of the Winter Dew Tour featuring men’s and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. Approximately 30,500 people experienced the Nike 6.0 Open this weekend at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colo. The Tour will continue on to Killington Resort in Killington, Vt. in January and will conclude with the Toyota Championships at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.
Nike 6.0 Open
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Breckenridge, Colo. – Breckenridge Ski Resort
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle – Finals
1. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 94.50. 2. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 92.25. 3. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 88.75. 4. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburg, Pa., 87.75. 5. Russ Henshaw, Australia, 82.25. 6. Philip Casabon, Canada, 75.00. 7. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 74.75. 8. Jf Houle, Canada, 66.00. 9. Elias Ambuhl, Switzerland, 49.25. 10. Thomas Dolplads, Norway, 40.50. 11. Ian Cosco, Canada, 28.75. 12. John Strenio, Burlington, Vt., 15.50.
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1.Alexis Godbout, 100. 2. Bobby Brown, 92. 3. Sammy Carlson, 86. 4. Tom Wallisch, 82. 5. Russ Henshaw, 78. 6. Philip Casabon, 74. 7. Andreas Hatveit, 70. 8. Jf Houle, 66. 9. Elias Ambuhl, 62. 10. Thomas Dolplads, 58.
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle – Finals
1. Ashley Battersby, Park City, Utah, 86.50. 2. Keri Herman, Breckenridge, Colo., 83.00. 3. Jessica Warll, Canada, 80.00. 4. Devin Logan, Dover, Vt., 70.50. 5. Eveline Bhend, Switzerland, 63.75. 6. Emma Dahlstrom, Sweden, 25.25.
The remaining 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Winter Dew Tour Killington Jan. 20-23 Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championships Feb. 10-13 Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah