The highly anticipated annual Dew Tour event takes place between December 11-14 in Breckenridge, Colorado. This year, Canada will be sending a strong team of halfpipe and slopestyle skiers who will be aiming to take the podium.
For the slopestylists this will mark their first competition of the season. The men’s and women’s team came home with two medals at the 2013 Dew Tour with Alex Beaulieu-Marchand winning silver and Kim Lamarre capturing bronze.
“I’m looking forward to this year while not getting ahead of myself,” said Lamarre who also captured the bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Games. “There are a lot of talented women coming back from injury. I want to keep my head at a good place and do my tricks. It’s for sure an exciting time of the year (with the season starting).”
Both athletes will be back and joined by Olympic gold medallist Dara Howell, Yuki Tsubota, Anouk Purnelle-Faniel, Nikki Blackall, Alex Bellemare, Evan McEachran and Noah Morrison.
The halfpipe team will be looking to build off of last week’s World Cup in Copper Mountain, Colorado. They bring with them a veteran team including the likes of Olympic silver medallist Mike Riddle, Justin Dorey, Simon D’Artois, Noah Bowman, Kris Atkinson, Matt Margetts, Roz Groenewoud and Keltie Hansen.
“The team is skiing better than they ever have,” said head coach Trennon Paynter. “They’re capable of achieving the best results (in their careers). For me as a coach it’s really exciting. They’re exploring new ways to do things and doing tricks that have literally never been done before.”
Qualifying begins on Wednesday, December 10. The women’s halfpipe final takes place Friday, December 12th. The finals for the women’s slopestyle and the men’s halfpipe take place Saturday, December 13th. The competition concludes on Sunday, December 14th with the men’s slopestyle event.
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