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Here’s your guide to Winter X Games in Aspen

New X_Games_LogoIt’s time for Winter X Games  in Aspen. The annual gathering of the biggest stars in winter extreme sports takes over Buttermilk this Thursday through Sunday (Jan. 24-27).

Shaun White (who will compete in pipe AND slopestyle) will be there, of course, competing with fellow snowboard stars Louie Vito, Scotty Lago and Mark McMorris. Ski stars on the invite list include Tom Wallisch, Bobby Brown and Russ Henshaw.

On the women’s side look for snowboarders Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler. Freestyle ski stars on hand will include Roz Grounwoud, Maddie Bowman, Keri Herman and Kaya Turski. And do NOT forget Swany-sponsored Brita Sigourney, the winner  in ski halfpipe at this year’s Winter Dew Tour.

Who better to preview the games than ESPN? See What to Watch at X Games. Here’s a story on Louie Vito from the Denver Post that also includes the daily practice, preliminaries and finals schedule at Winter X.

Are you attending? Make sure you check out this CRUCIAL parking and shuttle bus information as well as competition venue information.

Can’t attend? Here’s the TV schedule.

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Hard work helped Swany Gloves-sponsored Brita Sigourney jump back into competition with Ski SuperPipe win at Dew Tour in Breckenridge

Brita Sigourney flying to victory at Dew Tour in Breckenridge (Alli Sports)

Brita Sigourney flying to victory at Dew Tour in Breckenridge (Alli Sports)

It’s not as if Brita Sigourney was a novice entering the recent Winter Dew Tour. After all, the skier had multiple podiums over the past two years in Dew Tour and X Games.

Then again, she was hardly a favorite, since the Breckenridge event was Brita’s first competition after tearing an ACL and undergoing months of rehab. On second thought, maybe that recovery process was an advantage for the U.S. Freeskiing team member, sponsored by Swany Gloves at Dew Tour.

“Because of all the rehab, I feel strong,” Brita said. “And people are saying I look really strong out there.”

Brita rocks some Toast 3N1 mitts from Swany Gloves at the Dew Tour

Brita rocks some Toast 3N1 mitts from Swany Gloves at the Dew Tour

That’s an understatement. The athlete won her semifinal heat in Women’s Ski Superpipe and then scorched the field in the Dec. 14 finals with a first run so strong that Brita was able to enjoy a pressure-free “victory” run the second time down the pipe.

Brita explained that how she injured the knee contributed, in its own way, to her successful comeback. “It wasn’t that hard mentally to return because I didn’t (injure myself) in the pipe, I did it freeskiing. So there really wasn’t an issue mentally getting back into the pipe.”

The California-born skier noted that she works hard not to enter events with out-sized expectations, anyway.  “I try not to put pressure on myself going into a competition. And here, I just wanted to start getting back to where I was before my injury.”

Mission accomplished.

The victory will certainly raise Brita’s profile going into the U.S. Grand Prix Jan. 9-12 in Copper Mountain and Winter X Games Jan. 24-27 in Aspen.  While Brita acknowledged the added attention coming her way, she is focused on a more distant goal: the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where ski pipe will be included for the first time.

“The qualifying events are next year,” Brita said, when asked how much pressure she will feel at the upcoming events. “So the main goal for all of us (on U.S. Freeskiing) is to stay healthy this season“

That’s easier said than done: 11 of 22 team members had knee injuries last season. Brita, 22, has endured four operations already in her career. In addition to her ACL, she’s suffered a broken collarbone, shattered knee and a broken pelvis.

That’s the hard reality of extreme sports. But it also generates camaraderie among the competitors, since they all face the same challenge. One example of that is a tradition that those who top the podium must spend 10% of the winnings (That’s $25,000 at Dew Tour) taking the other competitors to dinner. So Brita took everyone out for sushi.

“It wasn’t too bad because Maddie Bowman (who came in second) helped out some with the check. But it was definitely the most I’ve ever paid for a dinner!”

Learn more about Brita at U.S. Freeskiing and follow her on Twitter @britasig

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Video: Watch snowboard star Kelly Clark crash (twice) at Winter Dew Tour 2012 in Breckenridge

How good is snowboarder Kelly Clark in the superpipe? Pretty much unbeatable.

The Vermont native had strung together five Dew Tour victories and three consecutive Dew Cups, so it made sense that she was the favorite last Saturday (Dec. 15) in the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge.

Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark

Of course,  they don’t hand the awards out to the favorites. You have to win them. And in Kelly’s case, she took two falls at exactly the same spot near the bottom of the pipe, which just happened to be in front of our vantage point. So if you want to see “exactly” what happened to Kelly, watch these videos.

We weren’t happy to see the champ go down, mind you, and wish Kelly (and all the competitors) the best of luck. It just happened to be on our watch. Take a look at the videos and then see ALL the winners at Winter Dew Tour in one place. Read More.

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Brita Sigourney claims women’s Dew Tour Freeski Superpipe; Swany-sponsored athlete only needs one run to top talented field in Breckenridge

Brita celebrates the win with her mother.

Brita celebrates the Freeski Superpipe win on Friday with her mother.

Brita Sigourney beat a field loaded with stars to claim Women’s Freeski Superpipe on Friday at Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships.

The Swany-sponsored athlete made it look easy, only needing a dazzling first run of 90.25 to claim the win over Maddie Bowman (87.25) and Roz Groenewoud (84.00).

Brita also won her semifinal heat, so the week was a rousing success for the former waterpolo player who burst on the scene in 2010 and subsequently scored podiums at X Games and Dew Tour.

Even sweeter for Brita, this was her first big competition after a knee injury ended her last season early. Safe to say her comeback is looking good. Read more.

Attending the event this weekend? Here is a complete schedule. Can’t come? Then here’s the complete TV schedule and where to find a live stream.

Swany Gloves is a proud sponsor of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships.

Please visit our booth, where we’ll show off our great gloves and mitts, including Swany’s Claw, the official glove of the Dew Tour.

Ready to sign autographs at the Swany booth.

She’s smiling and ready to sign autographs at the Swany booth.

We’ll be conducting giveaways all weekend with fantastic prizes, so we hope you can “Do the Dew Tour” and visit us.

Swany Gloves makes the best gloves and mittens for skiing and snowboarding. We’re also dedicated to bringing you the best of outdoor adventure. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.

Kai Mahler wins first freeski Big Air at Dew Tour

The Dew Big Air Course (Alli Sports)

The Dew Big Air Course (Alli Sports)

Kai Mahler won the first-ever Big Air competition at Winter Dew Tour in an exciting competition held Thursday (Dec. 13) under the lights at Breckenridge.

Mahler’s “switch left double misty 1440 double Japan grab” over the 67-foot gap took top honors over a star-studded field. Read the story and see a video.

The top five and their scores:

  1. Kai Mahler: 97.00
  2. Gus Kenworthy: 95.75
  3. Henrik Harlaut: 94.75
  4. Josiah Wells: 87.75
  5. Tom Wallisch: 87.50

Friday competition includes Women’s Snowboard Superpipe semis, followed by finals in Women’s Freeski Superpipe and Slopestyle, then Men’s Superpipe. Saturday and Sunday will Continue reading ‘Kai Mahler wins first freeski Big Air at Dew Tour’

Swany athlete Brita Sigourney wins semi-final in Women’s Freeski Superpipe at Winter Dew Tour

Brita Sigourney winning her semifinal (Photo courtesy of Alli Sports)

Brita Sigourney winning her semifinal (Photo courtesy of Alli Sports)

Big congratulations are in order for Swany Gloves-sponsored athlete Brita Sigourney, who qualified for the finals in Women’s Freeski Superpipe by winning her Semi-Final on Thursday at Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships.

Brita’s run consisted of an alley-oop 180, left 900, alley-oop 540, left 540, right 540 and a left 720. Got all that? The  finals in Women’s Freeski Superpipe will be at 12:30 p.m. MT Friday in Breckenridge.

Want to meet Brita? She’ll be at a party sponsored by Swany Gloves at 8 p.m. TONIGHT (Dec. 13) at the classic Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge. There will also be giveaways. Learn more.

More results from Thursday:

  • Men’s Superpipe Semi-Final: Scotty Lago took first, followed by Shaun White and Greg Bretz, a Breckenridge local. Swany-sponsored athlete Zack Black gave it one heck of a run in the super competitive field, but finished 11th, an agonizing one position out of the 2 p.m. MT finals on Saturday.
  • Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final: Jamie Anderson took first, followed by Silvia Mittermueller and Enni Rukajarvi. Swany-sponsored athlete Kjersti Buass took fifth to qualify for the 1 p.m. MT final on Friday.
  • Men’s Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final: Mike Riddle took first, followed by David Wise and Justin Dorey. The finals will be at 3 p.m. MT on Friday.
  • Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Finals: Torstein Horgmo took first, followed by Maxence Parrot and Eric Willett. The finals will be at  1 p.m. MT Sunday.

Friday competition includes Women’s Snowboard Superpipe semis, followed by finals in Women’s Freeski Superpipe and Slopestyle, then Men’s Superpipe. Saturday and Sunday will see a host of semis and more finals. Here is a complete schedule.

Can’t come? Then here’s the complete TV schedule and where to find a live stream.

Swany Gloves is a proud sponsor of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. Please visit our booth, where we’ll show off our great gloves and mitts, including Swany’s Claw, the official glove of the Dew Tour. We’ll be conducting giveaways all weekend with fantastic prizes, so we hope you can “Do the Dew Tour” and visit us.

Swany Gloves makes the best gloves and mittens for skiing and snowboarding. We’re also dedicated to bringing you the best of outdoor adventure. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.

Winter Dew Tour schedule packed with high-flying superpipe, slopestyle and Big Air competition

Breckenridge will be jumping with activity at this weekend’s Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. Here’s a quick look at the schedule to help you watch it live and where to find live streaming and TV coverage. Coming to Breckenridge to watch the action live? The Dew Tour has details on how to access the courses on its Spectator Info section of the Q&A. Look here.

Watch the video above from 2009 of Tom Wallisch, who takes you through the public park and slopestyle course used for Dew Tour using GoPro gear.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

The superpipe at Breckenridge

The superpipe at Breckenridge

On Thursday morning competition kicks off with the Men’s Freeski Superpipe semis (10 a.m. MT) followed by the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle semis.

Afternoon and early evening semis include Men’s Snowboard Superpipe followed by Men’s Freeski Big Air Final at 5:30 p.m. MT.

Friday competition includes Women’s Snowboard Superpipe semis, followed by finals in Women’s Freeski Superpipe and Slopestyle, then Men’s Superpipe. Saturday and Sunday will see a host of semis and more finals. Here is a complete schedule.

TV, STREAMING COVERAGE

You can watch the action starting on Thursday (Dec. 13) on the NBC Sports Network. Initial coverage will be at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and 4 p.m. ET on Friday. NBC will join NBC Sports Network in coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET Saturday and 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. NBC Sports Network coverage will start at 11 p.m. ET Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Complete TV schedule. Here’s where to find a live stream.

Swany Gloves is a proud sponsor of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. Please visit our booth, where we’ll show off our great gloves and mitts, including Swany’s Claw, the official glove of the Dew Tour. We’ll be conducting giveaways all weekend with fantastic prizes, so we hope you can “Do the Dew Tour” and visit us.

Swany Gloves makes the best gloves and mittens for skiing and snowboarding. We’re also dedicated to bringing you the best of outdoor adventure. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.


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