WINTER DEW TOUR NIKE OPEN KICKS OFF OPEN QUALIFIER COMPETITIONS – BRECKENRIDGE

The trucks started pulling in over a week ago and behind the scenes the action has been thick. Today all of that work provides the backdrop for the incredible freeski and snowboard athletes that have converged upon Breckenridge for the Winter Dew Tour Nike Open! This Wednesday through Sunday Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Town of Breckenridge will host an array of rocking events combining the thrill of each athletes abilities alongside a 50th Birthday celebration for the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The weekend’s events will bring the top names in snowboard and freeski superpipe and slopestyle to the mountain, while helping to celebrate Breckenridge’s anniversary. Louie Vito enters the 2011-12 season eager to repeat his championship performance in the superpipe.  He will find stiff competition in Shaun White and Danny Davis, who both return to the Dew Tour this year after a competitive hiatus.  Sage Kotsenburg will take to the slopestyle course intent on reclaiming the Dew Cup he won in 2010 from 2011 winner Torstein Horgmo, redeeming his 13th place finish at the end of last season.

 

Freeskiing game-changer Simon Dumont has come up short in his goal of winning the superpipe Dew Cup, landing in 2nd place since the Winter Dew Tour’s inception.  He comes to Breckenridge with visions of the elusive title in his future, competing against Justin Dorey, Kevin Rolland and young phenom Torin Yater-Wallace, who dominated in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour before moving up to the pro ranks in 2010.  The freeski slopestyle course will heat up with the technical expertise of Bobby Brown, Alex Schlopy and Sammy Carlson.

 

The ladies will be showing off their snow skills as well.  Kelly Clark dominated the women’s superpipe contest circuit last season and expects this year to be no different.  Elena Hight and Ellery Hollingsworth will be among the young competition, along with veterans Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter aiming to bump her off the top of the podium in Breckenridge.  The slopestyle course will also be lighting up with young female talent, as Spencer O’Brien and Enni Rukajarvi face a wide field of up-and-coming qualifiers to begin an exciting competitive season.

 

Taking the action off the mountain, Nike will host the first stop of their Winter Chosen Tour with a rail jam competition down at the Riverwalk Center Saturday night. Free for all to attend, it will be a showdown of the top local amateurs, with a DJ spinning to the contest and Nike pros commentating. The action leads right into the Winter Dew Tour concert series, treating snowboarders, skiers and hip-hop fans alike to a performance by one of rap’s most buzzed about and unique up and comers as Yelawolf and opening act The Knux take the stage. These Shady Records acts will be the perfect complement to Friday’s 50th Anniversary celebration in the town, with 100 percent of the ticket proceeds going to SOS Outreach.

 

The pre-qualified athlete list for Nike Open in Breckenridge is as follows:

 

Men’s SNB Superpipe Men’s SNB Slopestyle Men’s SKI Superpipe Men’s SKI Slopestyle
Mason Aguirre Mason Aguirre Duncan Adams Bobby Brown
Ryo Aono Mikkel Bang Christian Allen Sammy Carlson
Zachary Black Torgeir Bergrem Xavier Bertoni Philip Casabon
Greg Bretz Cody Boan Noah Bowman Joss Christensen
Danny Davis Tyler Flanagan Justin Dorey Simon Dumont
Steve Fisher Chas Guldemond Simon Dumont Robert Franco
Trevor Jacob Brendan Hart Alexander Ferreira Charles Gagnier
Kazuhiro Kokubo Torstein Horgmo Gus Kenworthy Alexis Godbout
Matt Ladley Sam Hulbert Thomas Krief Nick Goepper
Scotty Lago Nick Julius Matt Margetts Henrik Harlaut
Joseph Mensch Sage Kotsenburg Dan Marion Andreas Hatveit
Jack Mitrani Scotty Lago Tucker Perkins Russ Henshaw
Luke Mitrani Mark McMorris Mike Riddle JF Houle
Peetu Piiroinen Aleksander Ostreng Kevin Rolland PK Hunder
Iouri Podlachikov Peetu Piiroinen Taylor Seaton Sean Jordan
Spencer Shaw Brandon Reis Benoit Valentin Gus Kenworth
JJ Thomas Staale Sandbech Josiah Wells Alex Schlopy
Louie Vito Jeremy Thompson David Wise Dane Tudor
Benn Watts Sondre Tiller Torin Yater-Wallace Tom Wallisch
Shaun White Sebastien Toutant Josiah Wells
Shaun White Jacob Wester
Eric Willett McRae Williams
James Woods

 

Women’s SNB Superpipe Women’s SNB Slopestyle
Gretchen Bleiler Madison Blackley
Queralt Castellet Danika Duffy
Kelly Clark Megan Ginter
Kaitlyn Farrington Shelly Gotlieb
Natalie Geer Jordie Karlinski
Elena Hight Cheryl Maas
Ellery Hollingsworth Silje Norendal
Kelly Marren Spencer O’Brien
Sophie Rodriguez Enni Rukajarvi
Serena Shaw Rebecca Torr
Hannah Teter
Soko Yamaoka

 

Todays qualifying events begin as the schedule lists below:

Wednesday, December 14th

8:00AM – 9:30AM          SNB SlopeStyle Men/ Women Practice

8:00AM – 10:30AM        SNB SuperPipe Men/Women Practice

9:30AM – 11:30AM        SKI SlopeStyle Men’s Practice

10:30AM – 11:00AM      SNB SuperPipe Women’s Practice

11:00AM – 12:30PM      SNB SuperPipe Women’s Qualifier

11:30AM – 3:30PM        SKI SlopeStyle Men’s Qualifier

12:30PM – 1:00PM        SNB SuperPipe Men Practice

1:00PM – 4:00PM          SNB SuperPipe Men Qualifier

The full schedule of events for the Nike Open is as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 15th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM

9:15 AM – 1:15 PM Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Men’s Freeski Superpipe Qualifier
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier

Friday, Dec. 16th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final

Saturday, Dec. 17th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final
2:00 PM – 2:40 PM Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Nike Chosen One Rail Jam / Yelawolf Concert at the River Walk

Sunday, Dec. 18th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final

**Schedule is subject to change. To stay up to date on the action, follow live updates via the Dew Tour on Twitter. Download the GoBreckApp to your phone for instant access to a schedule of events and further information on Breckenridge**

Running through the entire weekend, the Festival Village offers something for everyone attending the Dew Tour.  Visit the Pantech tent to test out the newest cell phones, play pool or air hockey at Paul Mitchell, and grab a ride all weekend in one of Toyota’s free shuttles.

For additional Winter Dew Tour event information, visit www.Allisports.com.   Visit the Dew Tour Facebook page and follow @thedewtour on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the latest Winter Dew Tour action.

The complete 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Event                                       Date                 Location

Nike Open                                Dec. 15-18        Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.

Pantech Invitational                   Jan. 19-22         Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.

Toyota Championships              Feb. 9-12          Snowbasin Resort – Ogden,Utah

Entering its fourth year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the eight disciplines. The 2010-11 Dew Cup champions include Louie Vito (men’s snowboard superpipe), Kelly Clark (women’s snowboard superpipe), Torstein Horgmo (men’s snowboard slopestyle), Jamie Anderson (women’s snowboard slopestyle), Kevin Rolland (ski superpipe) and Bobby Brown (ski slopestyle).The Winter Dew Tour continues its commitment to progression in action sports, with premier superpipes and the highest level slopestyle courses.

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