From The Dew Tour — Killington, Vt. (Jan. 22) — Tom Wallisch is making it a habit to bring excitement to the final minutes of Winter Dew Tour freeski slopestyle, achieving the highest Winter Dew Tour freeski score ever and the top spot on the podium with his second run. Wallisch tore through the rail section, starting with a switch lipslide blind 270 on the top down rail, a right foot forward front up blind 400 on the flat down and a switch lipslide front 400 out of the cannon rail. He hit the jumps full force, pulling a left double cork 1260 mute grab, a switch left double cork 1080 japan grab and a switch right double cork 1080 japan grab.
"I'm trying to convince myself that I'm a second run skier," said Wallisch. "I get a good mindset, picture myself at the bottom and let my body do the work." Today's result, coupled with a win at the Nike Open in Breckenridge, puts Wallisch in first place heading into the Dew Tour Toyota Championships in Snowbasin. "I'm so happy. I'm in such a good mood," said Wallisch. "There's a lot of pressure for me to keep skiing well."
Kaya Turski made it look easy on Sunday morning in the women's ski slopestyle finals after struggling in her first run of the day. The Montreal native kept it stylish and technical starting off with a front switchup on the down bar, into a switch gap to the downbox, to a 180 on the cannon and switch 3 off. On the jumps, she finished with a switch 5, into a 5, to finish with switch 7, scoring a 92.25 on her second run to unseat the leader Devin Logan. It looked like Logan had all but locked up the first podium of the season, until Turski dropped in last to take the lead in the race for the Dew Cup. The pressure was on, but you couldn't tell by Turski's performance.
“I have my whole family and friends here with me just trying to keep me calm,” Turski said. “I tried not to think about the first run, tried to keep it together. It was a new run, so I was all in.”
All of the competitors will have the option to sign over their winnings as a contribution on behalf of freeski icon Sarah Burke. "Sarah was a friend and an idol," said Maddie Bowman, following her win at Superpipe yesterday. "She was so kind-hearted, and we're skiing for her always. She'll never be forgotten for us." For more information, please go to www.giveforward.com/sarahburke.
You can catch all of the final runs from today's top finishers here. NBC Sports Network will air the competitions this evening.
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Winter Dew Tour Pantech Invitational
Jan. 19-22, 2012
Women's Freeski Slopestyle Final
1. Kaya Turski, Canada, 92.25.
2. Devin Logan, Dover, Vt., 92.25.
3. Emilia Wint, Denver, Colo., 85.00.
4. Eveline Bhend, Switzerland, 80.00.
5. Emma Dahlstrom, Sweden, 41.25.
6. Dara Howell, Canada, 36.50.
Women's Freeski Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1. Kaya Turski, 100.
2. Devin Logan, 90.
3. Emilia Wint, 82.
4. Eveline Bhend, 76.
5. Emma Dahlstrom, 72.
6. Dara Howell, 68.
7. Keri Herman, 64.
8. Ashley Battersby, 60.
9. Maude Raymond, 56.
10. Nina Rusten Andersen, 52.
Men's Freeski Slopestyle Final
1. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, Penn., 95.25.
2. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 93.00.
3. Nick Goepper, Lawrenceburg, Ind., 91.25.
4. Sammy Carlson, Hood River, Ore., 90.25.
5. Henrik Harlaut, Sweden, 88.75.
6. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 87.25.
7. Russ Henshaw, Australia, 85.50.
8. JF Houle, Canada, 84.00.
9. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Canada, 83.50.
10. Chris Logan, Mammoth Lakes, Cali., 80.75.
11. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 80.50.
12. Dane Tudor, Palmer, Alaska, 72.00.
13. Alex Bellemare, Canada, 68.50.
14. Philip Casabon, Canada, 60.25.
Men's Freeski Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1. Tom Wallisch, 200.
2. Nick Goepper, 172.
3. Bobby Brown, 158.
4. Russ Henshaw, 136.
5. Alexis Godbout, 130.
6. Andreas Hatveit, 112.
7. Chris Logan, 100.
8. Sammy Carlson, 85.
9. Alex Schlopy, 85.
10. Joss Christensen, 81.