Shaun White, Louie Vito, Kelly Clark and Spencer O'brien Set to Compete In The Winter Dew Tour's Nike Open in Breckenridge.
The Winter Dew Tour will kick off its fourth season this week in Breckenridge, Colorado, December 15-18. The weekend’s events will bring the top names in snowboard superpipe and slopestyle to the mountain, while helping to celebrate Breckenridge’s 50th anniversary.
Included in the list of names returning to the mountain is Kevin Pearce, who will ride his snowboard for the first time since his December 2009 injury. Hitting the slopes at the Winter Dew Tour on Tuesday, Pearce will be joined by Frends, family and well-wishers for some leisurely riding. An interview with Pearce will be broadcast on NBC Saturday, December 17 at 2:00pm EST, during snowboard superpipe finals.
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.
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.
Athletes Qualified for Nike Open in Breckenridge:
Men's Snowboard Superpipe: Mason Aguirre, Ryo Aono, Zachary Black, Greg Bretz, Danny Davis, Steve Fisher, Trevor Jacob, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Matt Ladley, Scotty Lago, Joseph Mensch, Jack Mitrani, Luke Mitrani, Peetu Piiroinen, Iouri Podlachikov, Spencer Shaw, JJ Thomas, Louie Vito, Benn Watts, Shaun White.
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle: Mason Aguirre, Mikkel Bang, Torgeir Bergrem, Cody Boan, Tyler Flanagan, Chas Guldemond, Brendan Hart, Torstein Horgmo, Sam Hulbert, Nick Julius, Sage Kotsenburg, Scotty Lago, Mark McMorris, Aleksander Ostreng, Peetu Piiroinen, Brandon Reis, Staale Sandbech, Jeremy Thompson, Sondre Tiller, Sebastien Toutant, Shaun White, Eric Willett.
Women's Snowboard Superpipe: Gretchen Bleiler, Queralt Castellet, Kelly Clark, Kaitlyn Farrington, Natalie Geer, Elena Hight, Ellery Hollingsworth, Kelly Marren, Sophie Rodriguez, Serena Shaw, Hannah Teter, Soko Yamaoka.
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.