One of the major storylines this week at the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge is the Olympics. Both Team USA and Team Canada have selected the Winter Dew Tour contest to be a qualification event for their men’s and women’s ski and snowboard teams.
For Team Canada however, the Winter Dew Tour is their final qualification event of the year. With so much riding on the competition, Tyler Tate of T Squared Action Sports sat down with Team Canada Snowboarder Spencer O’Brien to learn more about what makes a contest great and if things change with the Olympics on the line.
BNQT: What makes this Dew Tour so special to you?
O’Brien: Dew Tour is one of my favorite events and I’m so excited that the course has four jumps again this year. I think it’s going to be an awesome show.
BNQT: Team Canada is using the slopestyle event you are competing for an Olympic Qualifier. While the goal in every contest is to win, what changes for you in a contest with Olympic dreams on the line?
O’Brien: I don’t think about it, to be honest. On the ladies side, we have three women who have opened up spots so we aren’t fighting to see who will get to go. I’m just going to focus on my riding and try to put down my best run.
BNQT: What makes for a good course set up for you?
O’Brien: I love courses that feature 4 jumps so riders have to spin all directions. I also like to see creative features like tranny’s, rollers and hips. It helps to separate the field and makes the event more fun for spectators to watch.
BNQT: There are so many other activities happening during dew tour week including concerts and awards shows. Will you be attending any of them and if so which one are you looking forward to the most?
O’Brien: We have Transworld Rider’s Poll Awards on Friday night so I’ll be attending that and presenting an award. It’s so nice to have the industry in one spot for even one night. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone.