CHLOE KIM & SCOTTY JAMES QUALIFY FIRST IN U.S. OPEN HALFPIPE SEMIS

R: Ayumu Hirano  |  P: Dean Blotto 

R: Ayumu Hirano  |  P: Dean Blotto 

Day two of the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships went off with Chloe Kim (USA) and Scotty James (AUS) taking the top spots in halfpipe semi-finals. Riders took full advantage of the perfectly sculpted 22-foot superpipe sending massive airs and stomping their most progressive runs under sunny skies at Vail Mountain. Today’s event narrowed the field down to six women and 10 men advancing into Saturday’s halfpipe finals and a chance to compete for the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe title.  

Defending 2016 Burton U.S. Open Champion Chloe Kim, posted the top score of the women’s competition with a 79.62 on her first of two qualifying runs. Kim blasted down the pipe with a five hit run linking up a massive backside air, into a frontside 900 tailgrab, a McTwist, and finishing with back-to-back 720s— a frontside 720 Indy into a Cab 720 stalefish. U.S. Snowboarding Team rider Maddie Mastro (USA) took second place earning a score of 78.62, followed by nine-time Burton U.S. Open Champion Kelly Clark (USA) in third with a score of 77.62, setting us up for a heated women’s finals event on Saturday.

Chloe Kim is heading into Finals on top of the leader board  |  P: Dean Blotto

Chloe Kim is heading into Finals on top of the leader board  |  P: Dean Blotto

 

The competition in the men’s halfpipe event was intense as the field of 34 of the world’s best riders competed for the 10 finals slots. 2017 X Games halfpipe champion Scotty James continued his winning streak to qualify in first place with a score of 84.74. James linked up a massive backside air, a frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, a Cab double cork 1080 mute, a frontside 900 melon and finished with a backside double cork 1260 mute. Defending 2016 Burton U.S. Open halfpipe champion Shaun White (USA) landed comfortably in second place with a score of 84.49 – setting himself up to go for his seventh U.S. Open halfpipe title. And Ayumu Hirano (JPN) blasted into third place with a score of 78.74.

The Burton U.S. Open halfpipe competition picks up again with the finals on Saturday, March 4th at 11:00am MST. Competition continues tomorrow Friday, March 3rd at 11:00am MST with the men’s and women’s slopestyle finals on Vail’s Golden Peak.

 

Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results

1. Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 79.62

2. Maddie Mastro (USA), BILLABONG, 78.62

3. Kelly Clark (USA), BURTON, 77.62

4. Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), EVOL FOODS, 74.99

5. Elena Kuntz-Hight (USA), VOLCOM, 72.37

6. Sena Tomita (JPN), HEAD SNOWBOARDS, 67.50

 

Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results

1. Scotty James (AUS), RED BULL, 84.74

2. Shaun White (USA), BURTON, 84.49

3. Ayumu Hirano (JPN), NIKE, 78.74

4. Pat Burgener (SUI), SAMSUNG, 74.24

5. Raibu Katayama (JPN), BURTON, 69.99

6. Jake Pates (USA), ROCKSTAR, 69.62

7. Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), MONSTER, 68.75

8. David Habluetzel (SUI), RED BULL, 68.62

9. Chase Josey (USA), ROCKSTAR, 67.24

10. Danny Davis (USA), BURTON, 67.00

 

For details on all things U.S. Open, follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to BurtonUSOpen.com or download the officialBurton U.S. Open app on your mobile device. You’ll find a full list of invited riders, live music, product demos, Burton Girls happenings, Kids Learn To Ride opportunities, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world.

 

About the Burton U.S. Open

The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from February 27th– March 4th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages.A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 35th edition of the Burton US Open: Toyota, Town of Vail, Pacifico, Clif Bar & Company, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Stoli, The Woolmark Company, G-Form, Rethink Water, Boa, Red Bull, anon., Burton Girls and Vail Mountain.

 

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