Riccomini wins Revolution Tour freeski silver in Copper Mountain halfpipe

Crew Summit and U.S. Rookie Workforce freeskier Jenna Riccomini retains up her Revolution Tour year halfpipe championship trophy soon after winning the silver medal at Wednesday’s women’s freeski superpipe level of competition at Copper Mountain Resort.
Photograph by Kenna Keenan

Group Summit skier Jenna Riccomini bounced back from a tough slopestyle closing Tuesday, March 2, to just take silver at Wednesday’s Revolution Tour halfpipe competitors at Copper Mountain Vacation resort.

Riccomini gained the silver-medal score of 85.00 — just .25 factors powering gold medalist Riley Jacobs — regardless of a broken remaining thumb. The finish earned her the total Revolution Tour women’s halfpipe freeski tour championship just after a bronze in halfpipe at a tour halt in Aspen very last week.

A broken hand could not appear like a large offer, but when balancing in the halfpipe, Riccomini has developed fond of making use of ski poles to retain her equilibrium. So Riccomini resolved to have U.S. Rookie Workforce coach Ryan Wyble duct tape her Zipline poles to her hand at the top of the halfpipe just before dropping in. The concept was encouraged to Riccomini by a Team Summit mogul skier teammate.

“And the irony is, for many years, Jenna didn’t want to ski with poles,” Crew Summit coach Dean Spirito stated. “A good deal of us attempted to influence her it would assistance with her snowboarding system — that ahead stress when skiing by way of capabilities in the terrain park. It was not until last year she turned connected to them and felt uncomfortable skiing with out them.”

Spirito mentioned even if the duct-taped poles assisted a little bit, it was Riccomini’s aggressive technique and soaring capabilities in the Woodward Copper 22-foot superpipe that aided her complete runner-up. Riccomini reported her alley-oop — spinning reverse way of journey — with a mute seize 6 toes over the pipe to get started her run put her in a excellent position ahead of landing the remaining methods in her operate, which include a flare — a backflip with a 180-diploma rotation.

“Like (Team Summit Park & Pipe Director) Teddy Goggin claims, ’If that very first hit is large, it will have as a result of to all the rest,’” Riccomini mentioned.

Though nothing is formal, Riccomini’s Rev Tour win and Rev Tour complete-time halfpipe title set her in place to be named to the U.S. Rookie Staff in halfpipe right after she was named to the slopestyle and big air team right after final period.

Goggin has dubbed Riccomini a “triple-threat” in freeskiing, evidenced by her medals in all three disciplines — halfpipe, massive air and slopestyle — in between past week and this week’s Rev Tour stops in Aspen and Copper.

“She’s absent from a youthful woman into a definitely fierce woman,” Goggin reported. “When she stands in the begin gate, people today are viewing, and persons are anxious. It is a excellent put to be as a competitor. She’s tremendous intense.”