Untimely falls cost Irving siblings at Dew Tour
Winter Park natives Birk and Svea Irving competed in the 2017 Dew Tour in Breckenridge this week, part of a long and grueling season as members of the U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Team.
Birk, a member of the U.S. Pro Team, began the competition strong, placing forth in the qualifying round with a score of 87.33 (out of a possible 100), but disaster struck for the young phenom in his first run during the finals.
“I was doing a left cork 1080, which is a pretty easy trick,” he said. “I just thought I was going to hit the deck, so I under rotated it a little and ended up falling out of my ski and hitting my head.”
On top of a minor head injury, Birk said he also sprained his wrist, and was unable to finish the competition. He ended up finishing 12th in the final round with a score of 4.66, but said he is feeling better now.
A fall also ended up costing Svea, a member of the U.S. Rookie Pipe Team.
“The first run went well, and I landed clean and everything,” said Svea. “I was in fifth place. On the second run everyone was stepping up their runs, and I was stepping mine up too, but unfortunately I fell on the right side and got bumped.”
Svea ended up finishing 14th in the qualifying round with a score of 64.66, and did not participate in the finals.
While the results from Dew Tour may be disappointing for the Irving siblings, other competitions have brought better results.
This weekend Svea competed at the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain, taking home two-second place finishes on Friday and Saturday.
“I’d say these comps are pretty early so I didn’t get many days in the pipe,” she said. “But after Dew Tour and these two Rev Tours I’ve really started stepping up my game, becoming more comfortable and ready to start training to get my bigger tricks down for the next Grand Prix coming up.”
Both Svea and Birk also recently competed at Copper Grand Prix on Dec. 6. Svea finished the competition in 13th place with a score of 61.33, while Birk finished seventh with a score of 89.2.
“All the Americans are skiing so well right now,” noted Birk. “The level of competition, even beyond the Americans, is so high. I have a seventh and a 12th place finishes right now, so hopefully in the next couple qualifiers I’ll be able to get up a little higher and get some more points.”
The Irvings will be traveling to Aspen for the Aspen Grand Prix on Jan. 10-12, before heading down to California for the Mammoth Grand Prix on Jan. 17-19.
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