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Winter Dew Tour Thursday Scores & Highlights: Scotty Lago, Mike Riddle Lock Up Superpipe Wins

Full score results from Men's & Women's Superpipe & Slopestyle events on Thursday!

 

The 2012 Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships are officially underway, and under the beautiful blue skies of Breckenridge, Colorado the featured events kicked off Thursday afternoon with Men’s Freeski Superpipe Semifinals.

Canadian sensation Mike Riddle took the day's strongest shot at the Dew Cup with a double 1260, right 900, left 900, flatspin 360, switch left 900 and a switch right 900 that locked in his win with 87.75 points.

“It felt pretty amazing to win today," Mike said immediately after the event. "They narrowed it down from three stops to one this year. It is a pretty big deal. They are reallypulling out all the stops, so it felt pretty good to come out on top. I am feeling real strong this year and can’t wait for finals.”

 Check out the top 10 finishers from the Men’s Freeski Superpipe Semifinals below:

1.     Mike Riddle – 87.75

2.     David Wise – 87.00

3.     Justin Dorey – 86.50

4.     Kevin Rolland – 86.00

5.     Matt Margetts – 85.75

6.     Byron Wells – 82.50

7.     Tanner Hall – 80.75

8.     Thomas Krief – 80.50

9.     Ben Valentine – 79.00

10.  Taylor Seaton – 77.75

 

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Finals

Earlier on Thursday in Breck, South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson’s strong first run put her in the top spot going into tomorrow’s final. Her first run proved strongest, pulling a switch-back 540, a back 180 and Cab 540 to give her a first run score of 94.25, the highest score out of all the riders for the day.

Trailing close behind Jamie Anderson was Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller with a 93.00, and Enni Rukajärvi in third with a 92.00.

Check out the top six finishers advancing to Friday's final:

1.       Jamie Anderson, 94.25

2.       Silvia Mittermueller, 93.00

3.       Enni Rukajärvi, 92.00

4.       Spencer O’Brien, 90.00

5.       Kjersti Østgaard Buass, 89.00

6.       Sarka Pancochova, 87.00

 

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Finals

The real thrills of the day came last on the roster, as the world's top snowboarders took to Breckenridge's superpipe for the semi-finals of the iON Mountain Championships. Scotty Lago took the top spot with a crushing frontside 540, followed by a backside 900, frontside 1080 doublecork, cab 700, frontside 900 inverted nose grab and a backside air.  

All-star rider Shaun White finished the contest in second, and Greg Bretz rounded out the top three.

1. Scotty Lago 92.75

2. Shaun White   90.50

3. Greg Bretz 89.00

4. Louie Vito 88.25

5. Brett Esser 86.00

6. Christian Haller  85.50

7. Nathan Johnstone  85.00

8. Taku Hiraoka  83.50

9. Ayumu Hirano  81.50

10. Markus Malin  79.25

 

Men’s Ski Big Air Final

Night fell and the big lights switched on for the inaugural Ski Big Air at the Dew Tour iON MountainChampionships, with twelve of the top jumpers divided into two heats of six, each for eight-minute jam sessions. The top three athletes from each heat were given a chance to prove themselves in the finals, with a format of best of three tricks. Kai Mahler was the undisputed champion of the night with a score of 97.00. His winning jump was a switch double misty double japan grab.

“It was the first time I ever did that trick. It was a crazy final. It was a super cool jump, one of the best I have ever jumped in my life,” said a clearly exhilarated Mahler.

Check out the Men's Ski Big Air Final results below!

1.     Kai Mahler – 97.00

2.     Gus Kenworthy – 95.75

3.     Henrik Harlaut – 94.75

4.     Josiah Wells – 87.75

5.     Tom Wallisch – 87.50