This past week saw the best freeskiing halfpipe athletes in the world competing in the Visa Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, and when the results for the finals were in Friday afternoon, 12/9, Adam Crook took 12th.
SSCV Athletes Aaron Blunck, Broby Leeds and alum Adam Crook all put down excellent runs in the semi finals on Wednesday. With the best in the world competing at this event, Crook was the only athlete from the Vail team to post a high enough score to sneak into the Finals.
Crook ran against the likes of Simon Dumont, Xavier Bertoni, and his friend and training partner Torin Yater Wallace, all heavy hitters in halfpipe competition.
Heading into the finals in 10th place after the qualifying rounds, Crook’s run looked to score big.
“Crook’s run was oozing with style, smooth skiing, grabs and unique tricks,” said coach Elana Chase. “But he slipped out on his last trick, a 1080 with a tail grab. He was skiing with a tweaked ankle and a broken toe, and this made it challenging to land that last huge 1080 at the end of his run.”
Even with an injury, Crook pulled through with a respectable 12th for the day.
The freeskiing athletes will be heading to Breckenridge for the Dew tour next week, and the SSCV team has a serious roster of athletes competing in this professional event, and that roster includes Crook, Leeds, Blunck, and Mitchell Gilman, just to name a few.