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The fifth annual Dumont Cup, held at Bethel, Maine's Sunday River Ski Resort, wrapped up Saturday with the podium looking very similar to last year's contest. Second in 2012, Nick Goepper took home the winner's check with a score of 95.0, edging out 2012's victor Gus Kenworthy in second with 92.7. Joss Christensen rounded out the podium in third place with a 91.7 for the second consecutive year.
The event, founded by pro skier Simon Dumont, is the only platinum level Association of Freeskiing Professionals' (AFP) slopestyle event held on the East Coast and it's unique in that it's open to amateurs, who have their shot at qualifying for the finals.
Goepper, who won the Dumont Cup for the first time in 2011, came into the event looking to improve over last year's second place.
"My run was pretty much my dream run all year," Goepper said after winning. "I really wanted to put down my last jump because I went so big [on my second run attempt] that I pretty much landed in the parking lot. It's a trick I've been working on all year."
On his third and last run of the finals heat, Goepper laid down a technical run entering the course with a switch right 270 onto the down rail with a pretzel 270 off, followed by a switch right 270 onto the cannon rail with a misty 450 safety grab off. On the jumps, Goepper threw a switch right misty 900 with a double japan grab, a left double cork 1260 with opposite tail grab, and capped the run off with a switch right double misty 1260 with a high mute grab.
"[Goepper] got really technical on the rails up top," said head judge Steel Spence. "He's really stepped up his rail game in the last couple of years. That's one of the things that set him apart today, as well as his combos on the jumps."
Spence added that the race for second and third place was a close one, with Kenworthy narrowly edging out Christensen. Kenworthy threw down a switch left disaster 270 on the down-flat-down rail to start, blasted out a switch right 270 on, 270 off on the wallride rail, and followed those up with a left rodeo 900 mute japan, a switch right 1080 tail grab, and switch left double cork 1080 japan to cap it off.
Christensen opened his run with a lipslide 270 on, 270 off on, hit the cannon rail switch to a frontside 450 off, banged out a clean right 1080 tail grab, followed it with a left double cork 1260 double japan grab, and finished it off with a switch left double cork 1080 tweaked tail grab. "It's been pretty windy all week," Christensen said, "but it finally cleared up. I couldn't be happier."
"This is an awesome event," said Kenworthy after collecting his podium check. "There aren't too many [contests] in the springtime like this. You've got soft snow, warm weather, a lot of fans -- the people here are really stoked. It's a fun event."