Vail’s Deighan doubles up at Revolution Tour
Vail, CO Colorado
MT. HOOD MEADOWS, Ore. – For the first time in its history, the Revolution Tour included skiing Thursday – and a couple homegrown Ski and Snowboard Club Vail kids were at the top of a few podiums.
Sixteen-year-old Kendall Deighan, of Vail, took the top spot in both the women’s halfpipe and women’s slopestyle events, while Tanner Coulter, of Eagle, won the men’s slopestyle at Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore.
“It was really exciting. I was not expecting that,” Deighan said. “I actually had a lot of fun in the slopestyle, and the pipe was fun too. I like them both. … I have a competitive nature, so when I get in the zone, I push myself a little bit more. I knew I could land the tricks, so I was able to stay confident with that.”
Deighan is coming off a tough 11 months of rehab after injuring her knee in the pipe last year. This was only her second time hitting jumps in competition.
She was happy with the way her knee held up while landing a 720 in the slopestyle and a couple of 540s in the pipe.
Deighan credited a big part of her successful comeback to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s new head freeride coach, Elana Chase.
“She’s super helpful – very hands-on. She knows exactly how to fix my tricks,” Deighan said. “I love having her here.”
The U.S. Revolution Tour is the top junior event in the country, bringing together athletes from across the country to identify the top juniors in halfpipe, slopestyle and cross events. It’s the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s answer to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, which is making a stop in Vail this weekend and has been growing in popularity.
Deighan isn’t competing at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour because it doesn’t have a girls’ division, however 16-year-old Tanner Coulter will be looking to defend his title at today’s slopestyle in Vail.
“I’m hoping to defend that title and come away with another podium finish,” Coulter said. “If you win the (Gatorade Free Flow Tour) Finals at the end of the season, you get a pre-qualified spot on next year’s Dew Tour. So that would be really sweet to get into the finals and do what I need to do.”