Despite doubts that he would even be able to compete – he had injured a knee in practice the day before – Kenworthy came out with all cylinders firing last Saturday, cruising through two smooth qualifier runs and advancing to the afternoon’s finals holding steady in first place.
Gusty winds made aerial tricks iffy, abut Kenworthy stomped a double flip, along with a well-choreographed combination of other tricks on the course’s three rail features and trio of jumps, maintaining solid momentum into the finals. Kenworthy was a few points shy of overall Dumont Cup winner Nick Goepper, however, having to settle for the $5,000 second-place prize (Goepper took home $12,000 for winning the event.)
“I came out, felt the course out, and it was awesome. Weather was the only real issue, it was pretty windy, but in the end everyone was throwing down runs and I was stoked on how I skied,” Kenworthy told an interviewer from Freeskier magazine, following the finals.
The Dumont Cup is an annual event sponsored by Simon Dumont, Dew Tour and X Games medalist.