BRECKENRIDGE, CO - The women of U.S. Snowboarding dominated the Winter Dew Tour podium Sunday, led by none other than X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO). Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) followed Bleiler in second and Olympian Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) was third. Danny Davis (Highland, MI) of the Frends crew won the men's event.
"Winning a competition this early in the season is good for confidence," Bleiler said. "It's been hard for me to put a run together so to do it at the first stop of the Dew Tour feels good."
Bleiler threw down a frontside 9, backside air, crippler, backside 5, frontside 720 for her win.
"Gretchen just dug deep and she relied upon her preparation and sticking to her game plan in order to get those results," said U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Head Coach Mike Jankowski. "It's hard work, dedication and determination coming together for all those women. They've worked so hard and when you see them all standing on top of the podium together it makes you feel good."
According to Jankowski, the work put in outside the pipe counts as much for the U.S. riders as work inside the pipe does.
"All the women are all working so hard on a daily basis, not only to progress their riding, but to improve their game," Jankowski said. "We're working together as a team for everything from on hill training to strength training to performance psychology, to our wax and board service. All those things are coming together and they're all ingredients for success."
2009 WINTER DEW TOUR
Breckenridge, CO - Dec. 21, 2008
1. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO
2. Kelly Clark, West Dover, VT
3. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA
4. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT
5. Holly Crawford, Australia
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