DEC 04, 2015
Breckenridge, CO: The most important of the early season contests kicked off during the week, as Breckenridge, Colorado hosted some of the World's finest winter extreme athletes. A big audience were on hand to witness several Atomic athletes claim Winter Dew Tour medals.
The week started with Japan's Ayana Onozuka, picking up where she left off in the 14'-15' season, with a gold medal in the Women's Superpipe. The superpipe in Breckenridge's Freeway Terrain Park is amongst the longest competition pipes in the World, and Ayana used every bit of it in landing her gold medal run. She started her run with amplitude on her first trick. And continued to show amazing technique with back-to -back switch tricks. She will be the one to beat headed into the new season.
On the men’s side several Atomic riders were able to make the finals, including New Zealand's Byron Wells, and the American, Taylor Seaton, who just missed the podium in 5th and 6th, respectively. However, the night would belong to Byron's younger brother, Beau James Wells, who placed himself behind the Olympic Gold Medalist, David Wise, earning the silver medal. Beau James held the lead after his first run and even strengthened his score with his second attempt. He showed amazing technical abilities as he was the only athlete to have three double rotating tricks landed. However, his score in the 90's would not be enough to hold off Wise's final run of the competition.
The final day of the Winter Dew Tour provided, not only perfect riding conditions, but one of the most exciting finishes in slopestyle history. The multi-featured course gave the remaining three Atomic athletes the chance to compete with their Punx freestyle skis responding to their every trick. Fabian Bosch started the night after making it through the "Last Chance Qualifier" the day before. The young Swiss talent had held on to 2nd place until the final run of the evening. The Well's family had a wonderful week, as Jossi Wells had just edged out his teammate, Fabian, to claim yet another silver medal to add to his collection.
Watch: Gus Kenworthy’s winning run
It was Atomic's day on Sunday, as the top spot on the Men's Slopestyle podium belonged to Mr. Gus Kenworthy. The Olympic Silver medalist at Sochi, demonstrated his incredible talent on both the rail and box features, as well as the jump sections. The young Telluridian landed a very technical misty flip off the central rail feature to put his score at 92.20 and win the competition. This is a wonderful start to the season for Gus, and many of his Atomic teammates, and they hope to continue the success in the future.