“Landing my first run I knew I wanted to build on my second run, so I added a front 9,” said Farrington, who is working with a new coach this year in Ben Boyd. “It was my first time landing back-to-back 9s in competition, so I was really excited that I was able to do that in the first competition of the year, because I’ve been working on that.”
Her run also included a backside 540 tail, alley-oop 540 indy, method air and frontside 720.
The final took place amid dumping snow that made the pipe too slow for either Clark or Castellet to land their difference-making 1080s. Clark, the dominant women’s pipe rider of the past two years, fell on both her runs and finished fifth.
Women’s Superpipe Final Results:
1. Kaitlyn Farrington – 90.00
2. Queralt Castellet – 80.00
3. Maddy Schaffrick – 71.75
4. Torah Bright – 66.00
5. Kelly Clark – 44.75
Women’s Slopestyle Finals
Redemption glowed through Jamie Anderson’s smile Friday as the world’s premier slopestyle rider rebounded from a fifth-place finish at Breckenridge a year ago and returned to the top of the Dew Tour podium.
In doing so, Anderson demonstrated the power of spinning all four ways off jumps. That versatility cemented her 96-point winning score and separated her from last year’s Breck champion, Spencer O’Brien, who finished second with a 90.00. Anderson had been sitting in second place until her final run of the day — which happened to be the final run of the competition.
“I tried to change my run because I wasn’t totally giving it my all, and you got to, you know?” Anderson said. “I did a 360 on the second jump where I kind of knew I should do a 720. But I hadn’t landed it in practice so I was a little scared. I wanted to land my first run then try to progress it and do better.”
Her winning run went like this: cab “shabam,” boardslide switch out, cab 540, front 720, front board to switch out, switch back 540, back 540.
AlliSpencer O’Brien, Jamie Anderson and Enni Rukajarvi (riding right) top the women’s slope podium at Dew Tour Mountain 2012.
O’Brien knew the importance of spinning all four ways: “That’s where the sport’s progression is going,” she said — and tried to do that in her second run, which she’s been working on since last January. But she couldn’t complete the run and settled for second place.
Enni Rukajrvi, riding without goggles, posted two scores in the 80s but it was her second-run 82.75 that stood up for third place.
Men and Women’s Superpipe Finals and Men’s Big Air Finals go down on Saturday. Men’s Slopestyle Finals take place on Sunday.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final Results:
1. Jamie Anderson – 96.00
2. Spencer O’Brien – 90.00
3. Enni Rukajarvi – 82.75
4. Sarka Pancochova – 75.00
5. Silvia Mittermueller – 60.00
Writer, Action Sports