February 12, 2011 – Utah, our state of sport welcomed the crowds up to Snowbasin to witness the duel between Kevin Rolland and Simon Dumont. Everything was on the line for Rolland heading into the final. Rolland and Simon Dumont had flip flopped first and second all year, but it was Rolland who came out on top earning his second win of the season and his first-ever Dew Cup. On the women’s front, Brita Sigourney took top honors at the freeski superpipe final with a final score of 92.00.
Heading into his victory run, Rolland already had secured the highest score of the competition with a 95.00, however, he topped that by throwing out tricks that included two huge doubles and a flawless left double 12 for a final score of 96.50, the highest in Winter Dew Tour history for freeski superpipe, also claiming this season’s Dew Cup Champion. “To win the Dew Cup is crazy for me because it was my goal at the beginning of the season, and now to get it, it’s one of the craziest days of my life,” said Rolland. “I’m so, so stoked!”
The story of the day went to fellow Frenchman, Benoit Valentin, who placed second in the men’s final with a score of 90.25. Valentin competed in the Winter Dew Tour’s Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQs), held for the first time ever at the Toyota Championship. Valentin’s win in the LCQ’s gave him the opportunity to qualify into prelims at Snowbasin Resort, where he made an impressive second-place finish overall in the final. “This is just such a great day for me,” said Valentin. “To be able to have a chance to compete through the Last Chance Qualifiers, and to make it this far, is just so crazy for me. I skied the best I ever have today, and I’m so happy.” Byron Wells rounded out the podium in third with an 84.25.
In the women’s freeski superpipe final, Sigourney earned a winning score of 92.00 on her first run by throwing out tricks that included a 900, a 540, an alley-oop 540 and a 720. Devin Logan, followed in second with a 91.00 and local favorite Jen Hudak, from Salt Lake City, Utah, earned a third place score of 90.00. “It feels awesome to win,” said Sigourney. “It’s the last stop for me and to go out with a win is just a really good feeling.”