The overall Vert Dew Cup comes down to the last event of the season in Las Vegas as the three-headed vert monster which includes Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, and Shaun White battle it out for the title.
Defending Dew Cup champ PLG has the overall season lead with 190 points over Bucky Lasek heading into the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas this weekend.
Lasek is eight points behind with 182. If Bucky comes out on top in Vegas he’ll collect his fourth Dew Cup. “I just fell short on one last trick before I was going to bring my last three tricks that were new and technical,” he said after finishing third in Salt Lake.
Not too far behind sitting in third with 172 points is Shaun White, who collected his first and only vert Cup in 2007. In order to secure the Cup this year, he needs to win in Vegas and PLG must finish third or lower.
“I’m not out here to beat Shaun, I want to win,” Gagnon said. “Whether he gets second or third, I’m just trying to win the contest. I just got to worry about what I want to do. I can’t stop the way Shaun or Bucky or anyone is skating. All I can do is better myself to skate better at each event. If you start worrying about other people, it throws your focus off.”
White said winning the Cup this season would be unreal.
“Just coming off these pretty heavy snowboard seasons, they take their toll on me,” White said. “It’s a whole different set of tricks and style of competing. So when I show up here it’s extremely refreshing, but it’s still frustrating. I got to relearn old tricks, I got to make up new tricks. I got to put it all together and hope to win. But the goal obviously is taking the whole Cup.”
Watch the drama unfold on Sunday, October 16 on the ramp above the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino or live on NBC.
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