BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — For the 11th year, the Dew Tour welcomed winter athletes from around the world to Breckenridge.
Several Colorado athletes participated in this year's competition, coming off an Olympic year that was very successful for the U.S. Olympic Skiing and Snowboarding teams.
Red Gerard, who lives just miles from Breckenridge Ski Resort, competed once again, after winning a gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Gerard said he couldn't believe the results of his snowboarding competition.
"It was crazy," he said. "It wasn't something that I expected. It was mindblowing. It took a really long time for it to set it."
Gerard has become somewhat of a celebrity in Summit County, which for a 17-year-old with five older brothers, can be challenging. But the Colorado teen said he takes all of the publicity in stride. He said he wants the younger athletes that look up to him to just have fun.
"Snowboarding is not something that never has to be serious at all," he said. "It is something for you to do, to have fun with, and to do with your friends."
Danny Davis, who is no stranger to the Dew Tour, once again pushed the envelope during his competition. The Michigan native, who has rode throughout Colorado, took part in the snowboard modified superpipe. While Davis didn't score high enough to get on the podium, the scores were very close for the top six riders.
Davis said competing after the Olympic Games is different, but he is always looking to improve his skillset.
"The sport keeps moving," he said. "Just because you want to take a break after the Olympics doesn't mean the rest of the snowboard culture does. You are still wanting to learn new tricks and keep up to date with new tricks that are being learned by other riders, so you can learn those as well."
The female athletes, including Chloe Kim, also pushed the envelope at this year's competition. Kim's runs were smooth, but her fellow riders competed just as hard, performing moves that will elevate the competition for years to come.
The next competition for these athletes will be the Winter X Games in Aspen at the end of January.
You can learn more about the Dew Tour and this year's results at www.DewTour.com. .