GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE FOR GB AT DEW TOUR
10th February 2020 | Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Last modified on February 12th, 2020
It’s the full set of medals for British athletes competing at the prestigious Dew Tour in Colorado. They’re on the podium in both para snowboard and freestyle skiing.
Top honours go to para-snowboarder Owen Pick (centre, main photo above).
He won the gold medal in the adaptive banked slalom.
It’s the first time a British athlete has topped the podium at the Dew Tour.
GB Snowsport’s newest athlete, Gus Kenworthy, picked up his first individual podium place competing under the British flag.
The 28-year-old Olympic medallist, who changed allegiance from the USA to GB in December, won silver in the men’s modified pipe event.
The modified pipe is exactly what it says – a halfpipe that’s been modified.
Here’s Kenworthy’s medal-winning run, which scored him 92.66 points:
My 2nd place run from today's Dew Tour modified pipe event! 92.66????
Posted by Gus Kenworthy on Sunday, 9 February 2020
It was a bronze for Utah-based Zoe Atkin.
The 17-year-old picked up the final podium place in the women’s modified pipe.
Atkin is having a great season
She won a World Cup competition for the first time – also at Copper Mountain – at the start of the winter.
The Dew Tour, which took place in Copper Mountain, is an annual competition which is independently run and not a World Cup event.
It attracts the best skiers and snowboarders in the world and getting on the podium is a big deal.
Away from the Dew Tour, there was success too for freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes.
She topped the podium in the Big Air and was second in Slopestyle at the Rev Tour at Mammoth Mountain in California.
The competition is organised by US Ski & Snowboard and is a Nor-Am Cup event.
It is aimed mainly at those working their way up to elite level rather than established skiers and snowboarders.
But Summerhayes is coming back after a long injury lay-off and it’s great to see her picking up a confidence-boosting win and a runner-up spot.
Since returning to action this season she has finished 9th and a 6th in two World Cup slopestyle competitions.
Finally, and perhaps not surprisingly, telemarker Jasmin Taylor collected another medal.
Britain’s most successful skier in history won bronze in the World Cup sprint at Rjukan in Norway.
It’s almost no longer news when Taylor wins a medal.
She now has a staggering 32 World Cup podiums.
Among the other British snowsport athletes in action over the last few days was Dave Ryding.
The PlanetSKI editor James Cove was, once again, slopeside to watch him and the rest of the world’s best slalom racers.