Travis Rice rides during qualifiers on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. — The final day of competition for the Natural Selection Tour at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort went down this morning, Jan. 28.

Sage Kotsenburg and Elena Hight were the overall winners for the men and women.

Eight men and four women competed this morning after qualifying on Tuesday.

Elena Hight went against Robin Van Gyn in the finals. The riders went into a tie-breaker, going for a third run to close out the competition for the day. Conditions were less than ideal by the end of the day but Hight was able to edge out Van Gyn for the win.

Sage Kotsenburg went against Jared Elston. Kotsenburg beat Elston by just 3 points in the final run. Kotsenburg won with 93 points.

During an interview after the final results were announced, Kotsenburg said, “I just wanna give major major love to Mike Mckelvey, he put a ton of work into this course last year and a couple of summers ago. We lost him in an avalanche accident last year so this one is for Mike. Straight up I came into it [the competition] like this is for Mike.”

McKelvey, a member of the NST build crew was among the original team that brought the course to life. He tragically passed on Feb. 18, 2021, in an avalanche near Togwotee Pass.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.