Yuto Totsuka takes first Dew Tour victory of the year

Reigning World Champion Yuto Totsuka’s gold medal performance in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final earned him his first win of the season on Sunday, day five and final day of the Dew Tour Copper Mountain in Colorado.

The 20-year-old from Kanagawa Prefecture won the title with a score of 95.50 after a monster race that took American Taylor Gold to second and Ruka Hirano to third. Four Americans made up the 10-player peloton for the final.

Ayumu Hirano, who finished fifth at 86.75, pulled off the very first triple cork, a trick that involved three off-axis flips and four spins, in a snowboard competition.

He did a 1440 front side triple cork on his last run, but fell on his next turn.

Hirano, 23, won two silver medals in snowboarding at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games. He competed in skateboarding this year at the Tokyo Summer Games.

“It was my dream to win this event so I’m really happy. It’s (what Ayumu Hirano did) is crazy but I want to get there too, ”Totsuka said.

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