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11 February 2020

DEW TOUR: OWEN PICK WINS GB FIRST EVER GOLD AS GUS KENWORTHY AND ZOE ATKIN ALSO MAKE THE PODIUM

OWEN PICK WINS DEW TOUR ADAPTIVE BANKED SLALOM

GB Snowsport rider Owen Pick collected his first career win in any major contest at Dew Tour. 

Pick, who wears a below-the-knee prosthetic on his right leg, put down a time of of 1:06.02 which put him 1.56 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Matti Suur-Hamari (Finland) in the men’s class, with 3rd place finisher Keith Gabel (USA) in 3rd.

Pick, from Cambridge, said: “I’m stoked to come away with any medal, that it’s a gold medal is just blowing my mind.”

“We obviously had a ton of snow overnight, but the crew got up super early this morning, shaped and slipped the course, and actually made it really good, considering what they had to deal with, so it was quite nice and hats off to those guys.” “All I was thinking the whole way down was ‘be gentle, be gentle,’ because as soon as you over edge, you’ve just lost all your speed. As soon as hit a spot of deep powder, you’ve lost everything. I had a really good line through my first run and it paid off in the end.”

Owen also said it was also the most progressive course yet featured at Dew Tour or any other adaptive banked slalom event.

“We had a quarterpipe turn in there, and then you went into a same-way turn, and then you had the hip at the bottom… it was just really cool to ride something so different. The guys on the build team did an incredible job.”

Owen also believes the Dew Tour’s calendar move from early December to February made for a more robust race.

“In the past, Dew Tour has been so much earlier, right at the beginning of our season. This time around we’ve been on snow a lot, and it makes a big difference.”

GUS KENWORTHY TAKES SILVER 

Two time Dew Tour winner Gus Kenworthy had a redemptive day in the pipe after struggling Saturday on the slopestyle course. The 28-year-old grabbed command of the competition early with an 84.66 as the first skier to drop into the pipe. That put him in second place going into his second run.

On his second run, Kenworthy sent it even bigger, earning a 92.66 to end in second place with a run through the pipe that included an alley-oop flat spin in the modified portion of the course before a right-side 1080 and a soaring switch 1260 at the bottom of pipe.

“I was really, really stoked,” Kenworthy said. “I just wanted to put one down first run and hopefully gain some momentum. … Honestly, I did everything I could. I’m happy with my performance.”

ZOE ATKIN CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RISE WITH DEW TOUR BRONZE

Zoe Atkin continued her impressive form to finish third in the women's modified superpipe at Dew Tour.

Zoe won her first World Cup in Copper Mountain at the age of 16 in December and produced alley-oop 360 on the upper section and a variety of creative grabs including an octo that stood out and slipped her into third.

Zoe now enters her final event in the season in Calgary but what an impressive year to look back on, in a recent interview Zoe said:  It was surreal to get my first World Cup win in early December at 16.  And to compete at X Games with Izzy, and to come away with 5th in halfpipe was awesome. It’s really exciting to be in the mix with the best in the world.” 

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