Hall Takes Dew Season Title

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Tanner Hall won the freeski superpipe competition Saturday in the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship and also took the Dew Cup season title.

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Tanner Hall won the freeski superpipe competition Saturday in the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship and also took the Dew Cup season title.

Hall, from Kalispell, Mont., displayed consistency and amplitude
on his second run,which included a 1260, consecutive 900's, an
alley-oop flatspin 360 to a switch 900. He scored 93.75 points.

Simon Dumont, of Bethel, Maine, was second at 92.50, and Colby
West of Breckenridge, Colo. was third at 87.00.

"When I went down on my last run I knew I was either going to
be first or second, and that's always a good feeling," Hall said.
"It gave me confidence to just go out and lay it all on the line
for that last run.

"For the overall winner it shows a natural progression and a
sign of consistency to the winners. For all three stops you got to
be on your game if you want to come out on top at the end, and I
think it's great."

Earlier, Tom Wallisch won the freeski slopestyle competition in
his first tour event after missing the first two stops because of
injuries.

The 21-year-old Wallisch, from Pittsburgh, had a few wobbles on
his first run, but executed a flawless second run to score 92.83.
Canadian Alexis Godbout was second at 91.83, and New Zealand's
Jossi Wells was third at 90.50.

"I haven't been in too many big competitions, let alone live
TV," Wallisch said. "I got a little overexcited and went a little
too big at first, but I went back up and just tried to focus on
what I was doing and just put it all into perspective. I just skied
through the course like any other day in the park and I was able to
ski through it and it worked out."

His winning run began with a 270 on to pretzel 270 out on the
box and a blindside misty 630 out on the cannon rail. He continued
with a rodeo 900 with high mute grab into a switch tails over 270
disaster. He finished with consecutive switch 1080's on the last
two jumps.

PK Hunder, of Norway, finished sixth in the event, but won the
Dew Cup season title in freeski slopestyle.

"It means a lot," Hunder said. "I got injured last year so I
was hoping this would be my comeback year so winning the Dew Cup is probably one of the biggest things out there, so I'm really
stoked."

The four-day competition is the last of three stops on the tour
that features men's and women's freeskiing and snowboarding
disciplines. Sunday's action features the men's and women's
snowboard superpipe finals.


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