Mark McMorris, Slopestyle winner
In what just might be a preview of the Olympic debut of snowboard slopestyle in Sochi, Canadian riders held three of the top four spots at the Dew Tour. "I couldn't have dreamed of starting it better heading into this Olympic year," said X Games gold medalist Mark McMorris, who threw a triple cork 1440 on his way to a dominating slopestyle win. "You always hope and when it comes true it's really nice. We're putting the Americans on notice." Even though Chas Guldemond had to settle for fifth place, because the Dew Tour doubled as a U.S. Olympic team selection event and he was the top American finisher, he leads the field in qualification points. Shaun White, the top qualifier for the event, ended up sitting it out after spraining his ankle during the halfpipe finals.
Torah Bright, Superpipe winner
Torah Bright, a two-time X Games gold medalist, has been mostly missing fromhalfpipe podiums since her Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010, leaving Kelly Clark to dominate. Now she's back with a vengeance, posting a score of 95.0 to beat Clark and 14 year-old U.S. Snowboarding rookie Chloe Kim. Still: "It's never been about winning for me," Bright claims. "I'm a snowboarder and not a competitor. I want to be the best snowboarder I can be, and that's always been my goal." In Sochi she's aiming to represent Australia in the halfipe, slopestyle and boardercross events.
Greg Bretz, Superpipe winner
"I'm speechless: I've been competing against him for years, and today I'm as surprised as anybody," said Greg Bretz, after edging out odds-on favorite Shaun White in the men'shalfpipe finals. "I try not to focus too much on Shaun or other people's snowboarding. It's all you can do to focus on yourself and ride for yourself, and that's my plan. So far it's working out pretty well, but there are a lot of events ahead. It's going to get crazy."
Jamie Anderson, Slopestyle winner
Four-time X Games gold medalist Jamie Anderson is nearly unbeatable in women's slopestyle and is a shoe-in to make the U.S. Olympic team for the event's debut in Sochi. She kicked off the U.S. team selection process in Breckenridge with a decisive win overEnni Rukajrvi and Silje Norendal. "It gets nerve-wracking, but it's good -- good for the heart, good for the soul," she said. "I was so inspired up there watching the girls putting down these insanely technical runs. We sent it."
Maddie Bowman, Superpipe Winner
Americans swept the women's freeski halfpipe finals in Breckenridge at the Dew Tour's iON Mountain Challenge in a fierce battle for qualification points at the start of the U.S. Olympic team's selection process, with two-time X Games gold medalist Maddie Bowman coming out on top."Its the first event of the season that I've done finals in and it's great," Bowman said. "And for it to be the first Olympic qualifier is even more awesome."
David Wise, Superpipe Winner
"Over the years of my skiing career I've realized that pressure is a made-up thing," said two-time X Games gold medalist David Wise, relaxed and poised after winning the Dew Tour, the first event in the U.S. Olympic team selection process for the Olympic debut of freeski halfpipe in Sochi. "My approach for the last few years has just been to take it one moment at a time and do the things I have control over," Wise said.
Nick Goepper, Slopestyle Winner
"There were 11 Americans in a 16-man final, so it's definitely going to be a tight race to make this team," said X Games Aspen 2013 gold medalist Nick Goepper after beating out X Games Aspen 2012 gold medalist Tom Wallisch and three-time X Games gold medalist Bobby Brown to win the men's slopestyle finals at the Dew Tour.
Devin Logan, Slopestyle Winner
"It's a huge year for everyone and everyone's stepping it up, especially the Americans, because we still have all these events ahead to pick our team," said Devin Logan after getting out to an early lead for the U.S. Olympic team with her women's slopestyle win at the Dew Tour. Logan, the X Games Aspen 2012 slopestyle gold medalist, is also aiming to make the Olympic halfpipe team for Sochi.