Aspen teen takes Dew Tour podium
- Created on Monday, 23 January 2012 04:20
- Written by Dena Rosenberry
Torin Yater-Wallace soars above the pipe on his way to winning the latest Dew Tour stop. Courtesy Alli Sports
If you were fortunate enough to watch Torin Yater-Wallace of Aspen (a "phenom," says ESPN) a year ago at Buttermilk during the Winter X Games (see photos from 2011), you probably aren't surprised he won the Freeski Pipe on Saturday on the Dew Tour in Vermont.
Tough to believe he's only 16!
"The next generation of freesking made their presence known in Saturday’s Pantech Invitational.
"Torin Yater-Wallace came through with not only his first Dew Tour podium, but he grabbed the top spot with a win at Saturday’s Pantech Invitational. As the youngest guy in the field, 16-year-old Torin came through in a big way with his first-run score of 90.25 that gave him the lead at Saturday's evening comp. Looking flawless and skiing with complete control and apparent ease, he managed to increase his lead in his second run to win with a score of 93.75.
" 'I landed the run that I’ve been practicing on my first run, and it couldn’t have gone better,' Torin said. 'So I was stoked and I wasn’t nervous on my next run so I just sent it. I just went a little bigger, got bigger grabs and instead of switch 7 I went switch 9. So I ended up stomping it and I’ve never done a switch 9, so luckily I landed it.'
"In his second run, Torin started with a double cork 12 mute, left 9 tail, double flare mute, alley oop flat 3 safety and a switch 9 mute."
Bobby Brown of Breckenridge was just nudged out of first place by Tom Wallisch.
Eric Willett of Breck won snowboard slopestyle. And Justin Morgan of Breck took third.
Remember: The Winter X Games are free, they begin Thursday at Buttermilk, and you can see all this action up close!