February 12, 2011
Ogden, Utah – It was a night of firsts during the men and women’s snowboard superpipe finals. Louie Vito, 22, was crowned Dew Cup champion for the first time in his career after placing seventh in the men’s final and still earning enough points throughout the season to be at the top of the point standings. Luke Mitrani, 20, won his first major competition at the Toyota Championship, throwing down a smooth and stylish run to land him at the top of the podium for the first time in a major competition. The only repeat offender of the afternoon was Kelly Clark, 27, who won the women’s snowboard superpipe final, crowning her the Dew Cup champion for the second time in her career.
In front of the largest pipe crowd at any Winter Dew Tour event, Luke Mitrani of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. threw out a double michal chuck, frontside 9, backside 5, front 10 and a cab double 10 to earn a staggeringly high score of 97.00, knocking his brother Jack Mitrani off of the podium. Greg Bretz, age 20 also of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., placed second with a 95.00 and 28-year-old Steve Fisher of Breckenridge, Colo. landed his first-ever double cork in competition, earning him a third place finish of 92.00.
“It was a great contest, the last stop of the Dew Tour, and the crowd was amazing. A really good energy,” said Mitrani. “I can’t believe I won. I’ve never won a contest this big so I’m really tripping.”
After earning back-to-back first place finishes at the first two stops of the Winter Dew Tour, Vito of Bellefontaine, Ohio was in prime position for the Dew Cup heading into the Toyota Championship. However, after taking a fall on his first run and scoring an uncharacteristic 73.50 on the second, Vito narrowly took home the Cup with a seventh place finish.
“I’m bummed I didn’t make the podium, and I wasn’t completely satisfied with my riding tonight,” said Vito. “The level of riding was sick though, and in the end I’m stoked I got the Dew Cup."
Clark of West Dover, Vt. won her second consecutive snowboard superpipe final, giving her enough points to win the coveted Dew Cup for the second time in her Winter Dew Tour career. Clark’s winning run included a front 7, cab 7, a huge frontside 1080, cab 3, front 5 and a back 5 to earn the top score of 95.75. Kaitlyn Farrington, age 21 of Sun Valley, Idaho placed second with a 91.00 and Japan’s Soko Yamaoka, 36, rounded out the podium in third with an 86.25.
“I’m really happy with my riding today and it’s even better to walk away with the win and the Dew Cup,” said Clark. “It’s been an amazing season and I didn’t think I could recover after Breckenridge when I finished in sixth place, but to come back and win the next two and walk away with the Cup is just incredible.”
The four-day competition is the third and final stop on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season featuring men and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. The Toyota Championship will conclude tomorrow with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals where the remaining Dew Cup Champions will be honored.
Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ogden, Utah – Snowbasin Resort
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 97.00. 2. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 95.00. 3. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 92.00. 4. Jack Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 89.00. 5. Spencer Shaw, Stratton, Vt., 84.50. 6. JJ Thomas, Breckenridge, Colo., 80.75. 7. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 73.50. 8. Ben Watts, Bend, Ore., 60.25. 9. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 48.75. 10. Brett Esser, Breckenridge, Colo., 30.00. 11. Zach Black, Breckenridge, Colo., 24.50. 12. Scotty Pike, Sun Valley, Idaho, DNS.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 95.75. 2. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho, 91.00. 3. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 86.25. 4. Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 74.75. 5. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 70.00. 6. Ellery Hollingsworth, Darien, Conn., 65.00.