January 22, 2011
Killington, Vermont – France’s Kevin Rolland has consistently landed on the podium throughout his Winter Dew Tour career, but during the men’s freeski superpipe final at Killington Resort, the 21-year-old finally earned the top podium position for the first time. The victory also secured Rolland as a lead Dew Cup contender, placing him neck and neck with New England’s Simon Dumont in overall Tour rankings heading into the final stop of the season.
After taking a fall on his first run, Rolland came out strong in his second by throwing out a double flair mute grab, alley oop flatspin, switch 7, double flair and a double cork 12 to jump him from 11th to first place with a score of 92.50. Gus Kenworthy, age 19 of Telluride, Colo., came in second with an 87.75, giving him his first-ever podium finish in his first-ever Winter Dew Tour final. Dumont, age 24 of Bethel, Maine followed behind in third with an 86.75.
Dumont and Rolland, each with a first and third place finish under their belts this season, head into the Toyota Championship tied for first ensuring a tight battle for the Dew Cup at Snowbasin Resort.
“I was so scared at the top of the pipe because I crashed on my first run, but my second run was cool so it makes me feel confident for the next contest,” said Rolland. “I’m so good in my mind now. It’s just incredible for me. Now my goal is to win the Dew Cup, and I have to try my best to get it.”
The four-day competition is the second of three stops on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour featuring men and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. The Winter Dew Tour at Killington will conclude tomorrow with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals.
Winter Dew Tour at Killington
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Killington, Vt. – Killington Resort
Freeski Superpipe – Finals
1. Kevin Rolland, France, 92.50. 2. Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, Colo., 87.75. 3. Simon Dumont, Bethel, Maine, 86.75. 4. Dan Marion, Windham, Maine, 83.00. 5. Thomas Krief, France, 77.75. 6. Matt Margetts, Canada, 75.00. 7. Banks Gilberti, Sun Valley, Idaho, 70.50. 8. David Wise, Reno, Nev., 68.00. 9. Taylor Seaton, Avon, Colo., 64.25. 10. Mike Riddle, Canada, 54.75. 11. Justin Dorey, Canada, 33.50. 12. Tucker Perkins, North Hampton, N.H., 13.75.
Freeski Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Kevin Rolland, 186. 2. Simon Dumont, 186. 3. Thomas Krief, 160. 4. Justin Dorey, 146. 5. Dan Marion, 127. 6. Gus Kenworthy, 123. 7. Torin Yater-Wallace, 119. 8. Matt Margetts, 111. 9. Mike Riddle, 108. 10. David Wise, 105.