- Devon O'Neil, Writer, Action Sports
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In the first event of the Winter Dew Tour, the Nike 6.0 Open in Brenckenridge, Colo., Simon Dumont takes the win in Men's Freeski Superpipe finals, while Dania Assaly claims victory in the Women's Freeski Superpipe Final.
Men's Superpipe Finals
On his first of two runs down Breckenridge's pipe this afternoon, Simon Dumont put together a remarkably clean and styled succession of tricks that had the Nike 6.0 Open crowd roaring. But when he landed his stock finale, his ski inexplicably released.
"I've never been so angry," Dumont said afterward. Still, less than a half-hour after a bout frustration saw him slamming the snow with his pole and stewing in a corner under the scoreboard, Simon Dumont cranked his DIN to 13 and celebrated one of the signature wins of his decorated career.
"I didn't forget about it," Dumont said of his first run. "I was dropping in and I was so pissed. But some times you've just got to block it out. As soon as I dropped in and hit that first tranny, boom, right back in the zone."
Dumont's His second run was equally stunning and clean from top to bottom. He opened with a grabbed, tweaked double 1260 that he added to his repertoire this season, followed by a rightside 9, dub 9, alley-oop 7, switch 7 and alley oop 5. The judges gave Dumont a 94.5 despite the slow conditions, besting Justin Dorey's 91.25.Dorey had no problem with second place.
"Simon just has the best dub 12 in the game," the Canadian said. "His run was one of the best runs of all time."
France's Kevin Rolland took third (89.25), landing a dub McTwist as well as a dub 12 on his last hit.
Women Superpipe Finals
Canadian Dania Assaly claimed the first major victory of her career at Saturday's Nike 6.0 Winter Dew Tour Open, winning with a 900 she landed halfway down the 22-foot-tall pipe.
Assaly, 23, used some serious leg power to emerge out of two backseat landings and a scraping of the pipe deck on her way to a 91.25-point score (out of 100), well ahead of runner-up Mirjam Jaeger (83.00).
"I'm really happy that I was able to hang onto that 9," said Assaly, who grew up skiing Marmot Basin, Alberta, and now lives in Salt Lake City. "The rest of my run I wasn't really thinking. I heard Britney playing and that made me really excited."
Jaeger, a Switzerland native, hit the pipe eight times compared to Assaly's six, but she never spun more than a 540.
Rosalind Groenewoud, who won last week's U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, couldn't complete either of her runs and ended up sixth out of six women. She cracked the deck of the pipe on her second run and double ejected into the flat bottom, remaining there for a few minutes. She later called it a case of "bad whiplash."
Jen Hudak, the reigning X Games pipe champ, failed to advance to the finals.
Men's Freeski Superpipe Final
Women's Freeski Superpipe Final
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