- Devon O'Neil, Writer, Action Sports
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Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
Torstein Horgmo has been unbeatable this year on the Winter Dew Tour. Now he'll try to extend that streak to the Winter X Games -- where he's never finished better than fourth in slopestyle -- with a broken rib.
Horgmo, who fractured the rib in two places recently while filming at home in Norway, won his fifth career Dew slopestyle Sunday, largely due to his switch tricks on the rail section. Then he answered questions with the look of someone who took last.
"[The pain] kind of overwhelms everything else right now," Horgmo said in the 2-degree air. "But I'm psyched. I was lucky I didn't rebreak anything and was just able to stay on my feet."
He added: "It's amazing how well people can ride when it's this cold. I'm looking forward to my couch and some ice."
Meanwhile, some of his competition wondered why Horgmo was scored so highly (95.25) given he dragged both hands after landing his first jump, a switch front double 1080. "It is what it is," said runner-up Eric Willett (92.5), who threw a front dub 10, a double back rodeo and a switch back dub 10. "The judges have the say, we're just out here having fun."
Canadian Mark McMorris, 17, posted two 90-point scores to continue his standout season in third place.
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
The song remains the same in women's slopestyle snowboarding, as Jamie Anderson claimed her third straight Dew Tour win Sunday.
In a showdown between the past two overall Dew Cup champions, Anderson overtook 2009 champ Spencer O'Brien on the contest's final run, winning with a score of 91.25 to O'Brien's 87.25.
"Jamie's ability to come through in the clutch is what makes her such a good snowboarder," said O'Brien, a Whistler rider who separated her shoulder the day before the series' opening stop at Breckenridge and missed a month of training before this contest.
The victory was special for the ever-calm Anderson because a number of aunts, uncles and cousins from Vermont and Connecticut were there to see it. As usual, her style shined on the three jumps; she landed a cab 5 indy, front cork 3 melon and a large back 180 mute.
With many of her international rivals competing at the FIS World Championships in La Molina, Spain, Anderson relished her sixth career Dew Tour win. "Anyone can beat me," she said. "We all have the physical capabilities, it's a matter of mental awareness and being clear headed and enjoying what is, and not freaking out about winning."
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Torstein Horgmo, Jamie Anderson take top spots Sunday in Killington.