Breck Dew Tour goes off Dec 12-15, will serve as first Olympic team qualifier

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Yet another round of Breckenridge Dew Tour debauchery is not far off, and this year’s edition brings with it the added bonus of being the first official Olympic snowboard team qualifier. Athletes throwing done in the pipe and park are battling for more than just the Dew Cup this time around; a spot on the US team is on the line as well.

“I’m stoked the Dew Tour is the first Olympic team qualifier. You can guarantee the pipe will be great and everyone comes out for the contest swinging,” said Lago, 2010 Olympic half pipe bronze-medalist. “Game on!”

See below for contest dates and details:

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New York – Nov. 14, 2013 – The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships returns to Breckenridge, Colo., December 12-15, featuring the world’s top snowboard athletes, including Shaun White, Louie Vito, Danny Davis, Kelly Clark, and Mark McMorris, competing in superpipe and slopestyle competitions. The event will serve as the first official US Ski and Snowboard Association Olympic team selection event of the 2013-2014 season, and the first ever USSA selection event for snowboarding slopestyle disciplines. The iON Mountain Championships will bring together the country’s top male and female pro superpipe and slopestyle athletes, along with an array of international talent looking to capture the Dew Cup.

Two time Olympic snowboard half pipe gold-medalist Shaun White (2006, 2010) will attempt to emphasize his dominance in the superpipe, while also showcasing his skills in slopestyle. Louie Vito and Scotty Lago will bring their experience on the podium to the superpipe competition. In addition, Olympic half pipe gold-medalists Kelly Clark (2006) and Australian Torah Bright (2010) will compete in the women’s superpipe contest, alongside US contender Elena Hight.

Competing for a spot on the USSA team for the first time, snowboard slopestyle athletes will take on the Dew Tour course for the sixth consecutive year at Breckenridge. Chas Guldemond and Breckenridge local Eric Willett will hit the rails and jumps alongside Canadian Mark McMorris and Norwegian Torstein Horgmo in a contest that will preview the action in Sochi. Jamie Anderson and young gun Ty Walker will show the world what the ladies are capable of in slopestyle.

The iON Mountain Championships will once again host the Nike Snowboard Slopestyle event in downtown Breckenridge. The contest will highlight snowboarding’s best urban talent on a collection of street features under the lights on Washington Ave.

NBC Sports Group will feature more than four hours of live coverage of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, from Breckenridge, Colo. Coverage begins Saturday, December 14 at Noon ET on NBC, and continues through the weekend on NBC and NBCSN. All practice, qualifying, and finals will be streamed live on DewTour.com.