Men’s Superpipe Prelims At The Nike 6.0 Open
With JJ Thomas and Steve Fisher already pre-qualified for finals, 25 riders took to the new 22 foot Superpipe at Breck this afternoon with a chance of making tomorrows finals. Each rider had two runs, but it was Olympian and Nike 6.0 athlete Greg Bretz who nailed both his first run with a 92 and second run with a 94.5. The next closest score of the day was Scotty Lagos first run score of 85.5. Seabrook, New Hampshire's Lago, sprained his ankle earlier in the week and in lieu of taking it easy, opted to not take a second run. The slope style prelims (which he and Mason Aguirre are the only two riders to cross over from pipe), were only an hour and half after pipe, so Lago was holding out after pipe so he could feel strong for the event.
Luke Mitrani happy as can be
Kevin Pearce spent most of the prelims in the announcers booth cheering on his teammates and talking about plans for Christmas including a trip to Costa Rica. The crowd was joyous to see Pearce out at the event, and even though he isn't riding still he brightened up the place with his presence. Rounding out the fourth and fifth spots were Ilkka-Eemeli Laari from Finland and Kazu Kokubo from Japan. Spots six through ten went to Christian Haller, Mason Aguirre, Trevor Jacob, Matt Ladley, and Louie Vito, respectively. During his second run Louie Vito had to nail his tricks in order to make it to the finals since he had fallen on his first run. He ended up in tenth squeaking by on his second run with a score of 53.25. Luke Mitrani was the only one who could beat him but ended up 13th overall with a 48.25 on his second run.
Luke Mitrani all smiles The ladies also hit the pipe earlier today attempting to make it to the finals tomorrow as well. It was somewhat dramatic as there were lots of falls including Hannah Teter who missed the finals coming in eighth. Olympian Linn Haug from Norway also crashed on both of her runs injuring her elbow leading her in 15th overall. Only the top five from prelims made it to tomorrows finals up against the pre-qualified Kaitlyn Farrington last years overall winner. The top five included Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, Queralt Castellet, Soko Yamaoko and Sophie Rodriguez.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the Finals post from Dew Tour at Breckenridge, CO.