Much is on the line for Winter Dew Tour this week.
The competition will be used as an Olympic qualifier for both slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding. Athletes can make the 2018 U.S. Olympic team by placing in the top three at an Olympic qualifying event.
Entering this week, four men and three women have achieved at least one top-three finish at a slopestyle and/or big air qualifier. Rigby snowboarder and 2014 U.S. Olympian Jessika Jenson sits in fourth place among U.S. women in total World Cup points this season, having compiled 1,050 so far. The three women ahead of her — 2014 Olympic champion Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino and Hailey Langland, have all achieved a top-three finish at an Olympic qualifier. One more top-three finish from any of these women between now and late January would land them an Olympic team nomination.
Dew Tour slopestyle snowboard qualifications took place Wednesday. Jenson placed 12th with a score of 59.33. The top eight advanced to Saturday morning’s finals, including Anderson, Langland and Marino. Anderson had the highest score of the day Wednesday, receiving 90 points.
Last week at the World Cup stop at Copper Mountain Resort, Colo., Jenson finished ninth overall. She missed qualifying for finals by one spot.
Coming up locally
This weekend is Idaho Falls Ski Club Weekend at Grand Targhee Resort. The annual weekend trip provides lessons and lodging to members.
The tube park and Cowboy Coaster open Saturday for the winter season at Snow King Mountain Resort in Jackson.
Team USA Updates
The U.S. Olympic Trials for speedskating short track begin Friday at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah. Eight guaranteed spots are up for grabs. Two-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski is among numerous veteran skaters competing.
Despite their bobsleds being held up by customs, Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs placed second on Saturday in Winterberg, Germany, with borrowed equipment.