After the success of Gus Kenworthy, Byron Wells and Mike Riddle, Atomic athlete Andreas Håtveit also claims his first major podium of the 2012/13 competitive season. A second place finish in the slopestyle finals of the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, an AFP platinum level event, is the perfect start to the season and Andreas is fired up on the success.
BATTLING THE ELEMENTS
For the past two days, Summit County Colorado had been battered by strong winds and consistent snowfall; not ideal conditions for a slopestyle contest. The international field of athletes still turned up to Breckenridge, Colorado ready to battle the elements and put down their best runs on the slopestyle course. “These are the worst conditions I have ever competed in,” exclaimed Andreas before his run, “I just hope I can land my run cleanly today.” Many athletes struggled with speed on the course due to the fresh snow, but the Norwegian had no such issues, clearing all the features with ease with his Atomic Punx.
The wind was whipping and the snow was falling as Andreas Håtveit dropped in for his first run, motivation and focus written on his face. The course started off with two three-option jib sections, and Dre was easily the most technical on both of them, starting off with a 50-50 double front-side switch up on the triple drop rail followed by a switch lip slide 270 disaster transfer gap on the down flat down rail. The technicality on the rails was matched with great fluidity in the following jumps; a clean switch right 1080 tail grab to switch double wobble 900 safety putting Andreas ahead of the pack. He backed this up with a blind 630 out of the C-Box, a double cork 1080 mute grab and a right side 900 tail grab on the bottom jumps; a fantastic run especially considering the horrible conditions. His second run started even better, and in an attempt to gain first place Håtveit sent a massive right side double cork 1260 on the last jump, unfortunately going too large and taking a nasty spill. Miraculously he was able to walk away from his fall and will have no issues competing again at Aspen X Games in January. After his Gold Medal performance at the Austrian Open and Bronze Medal performances at both Euro and Aspen X Games earlier this year, Andreas Håtveit has truly shown his unrivalled consistency and skill with this fantastic second place finish at the Dew Tour. Well done Andreas, you deserve it!