Women’s Superpipe Finals At The Nike 6.0 Open
While sunny skies and perfect weather graced yesterday's prelims, today was a different story. The snow has been falling since last night, making the conditions less than idyllic, yet the ladies still managed to pull through their two runs during today's Superpipe Finals at the Dew Tour Nike 6.0 Open in Breckenridge, CO.
Of the six girls competing in the finals, all but France's Sophie Rodriguez fell on their first run. It seemed difficult to get speed, and the continuous snow was not helping. During the final runs, the girls were able to get a better grasp on the speed needed and pulled together some TV worthy runs. Reigning Dew Cup champ and 21st birthday girl, Kaitlyn Farrington, was the only pre-qualified athlete and ended up third overall with a score of 74.25 on her second run. Idaho's Farrington is off to a good start for another Dew title with two stops left at Killington, VT and Snowbasin, UT. South Lake Tahoe and Nike 6.0 athlete Elena Hight, who was fifth in standings overall last season, stuck her second run ending her in second overall with an 80.5.
It was last year's reigning Breck winner, Queralt Castellet, who impressed the judges with a clean second run score of 85.25 and a first place finish. It looks like our predictions from earlier in the week were spot on. Fourth through sixth went to Rodriguez with a 59.75, Japan's Soko Yamaoka with a 47.25 and Kelly Clark with a 36. After qualifying first yesterday, Clark, who is almost always in the top three, fell on both of her runs, but will have the chance to up her points standings at the next two stops.