2017 U.S. GRAND PRIX AT COPPER: BIG AIR RESULTS

The 2017 Grand Prix stop at Copper Mountain featured a Men's and Women's Big Air event with very cold temperatures and flat light conditions on Saturday. 

R: Jamie Anderson | P: U.S. Snowboarding

R: Jamie Anderson | P: U.S. Snowboarding

Women's Big Air Finals:

Some serious talent was in Copper on Saturday, ready to take to the Big Air jump even with very poor visibility and an extremely fast run in. The Women didn't show any signs of holding back because of these conditions and were going huge in hopes of taking home the victory. Some big time tricks went down, including the first ever double cork 1080 in competition, which gave Klaudia Medlova from Slovakia third place. Her score was not higher because she came up a little short and hit the knuckle of the jump, which the judges deducted her pretty heavily for. Second place went to Enni Rukajarvi from Finland, who busted out a switch frontside 1080 but was not able to keep from washing out as she landed. Her first two attempts were scored higher and were enough for the second place finish. Taking the win was none other than Jamie Anderson who had two very clean, smooth runs which included a switch backside 540 and a cab 720 which she landed perfectly. Her effortless style and stomped landings were scored very high by the judges, even though they were not as difficult as Klaudia's double cork or Enni's switch 1080. Another American rider, Julia Marino, barely missed the podium after throwing down a double cork 900 which landed her in fourth place.

Final Scores:

Jamie Anderson  151.25

Klaudia Medlova  147.00

Enni Rukajarvi  146.50

L to R: Klaudia Medlova, Jamie Anderson, Enni Rukajarvi | P: U.S. Snowboarding

L to R: Klaudia Medlova, Jamie Anderson, Enni Rukajarvi | P: U.S. Snowboarding

Men's Big Air Finals:

The guys were definitely not holding back due to the weather, as most of them were going so huge they were landing halfway down the landing! Yet again, the field of riders was stacked with talent and everyone was riding hungry for a win. American rider, Ryan Stassel, showed up big and threw down a frontside 1440 and a switch backdside double cork 12 that was enough to earn him third place. Sitting in second place for awhile, he had to play the waiting game and see if his score would be enough for a podium spot. Second place went to Canadian Sebastien Toutant, or Seb Toots, for an impressive outing stomping a massive triple cork in which he soared almost to the bottom of the landing. Canadian rider, Max Parrot, took the win with two flawless triple corks that were absolutely stomped. Some other American riders who didn't quite have enough to reach the podium included: Nik Baden who finished seventh, Eric Willet who finished eighth, and Chris Corning who placed tenth. 

Final Scores:

Max Parrot  188.75

Seb Toots  176.00

Ryan Stassel  167.50

L to R: Ryan Stassel, Max Parrot, Sebastien Toutant | P: U.S. Snowboarding

L to R: Ryan Stassel, Max Parrot, Sebastien Toutant | P: U.S. Snowboarding