Anticipation was through the roof for the 35th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, which kicked off yesterday with slopestyle semi-finals in perfectly crisp and clear conditions at Vail Mountain. Jamie Anderson (USA) and Sven Thorgren (SWE) took the top spots yesterday leading the field of six women and 10 men, respectively, advancing to Friday’s slopestyle finals for a shot at a coveted Burton U.S. Open title.
Five-time Burton U.S. Open Slopestyle Champion Anderson took the lead on her first run and held it throughout the two run semi-finals. She nailed her run with effortless style throwing down a combination of technical tricks on the upper rail section and mixing in a trio of 540s—backside Indy, Cab and a huge switch backside 540 on the final hit for a top score of 80.55. Anderson looks to face heavy competition in finals from second place finisher Anna Gasser (AUT) who put down both runs, upping her score of 79.60 on her polished second run, which included a gigantic backside 720. Spencer O’Brien (CAN) took the third spot earning a 77.10.
The exciting men’s division featured nonstop shakeups right to the very end as the 29 men competed for the coveted 10 spots in Friday’s finals (3 riders could not compete changing the heat from 32 riders to 29). Thorgren put down a technical, trick-heavy second run to take the top spot, earning a score of 80.60 with run highlights including a frontside 270 on in the first rail section and a super stylish 50-50 backside Rodeo out in the jump section. Two-time Burton U.S. Open slopestyle title holder Mark McMorris (CAN) nailed both runs including a backside triple cork 1440 melon and a Cab double cork 1260 Indy to earn a second-place score of 79.70. Michael Ciccarelli (CAN) took third place with a score of 78.40. Summit County locals Red Gerard and Chris Corning had solid runs which landed them in the top 10 and into the Finals! Be sure to tune in on Friday and cheer on the hometown boys!
Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
1. Jamie Anderson (USA), OAKLEY, 80.55
2. Anna Gasser (AUT), BURTON, 79.60
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN), NIKE, 77.10
4. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), BURTON, 74.00
5. Julia Marino (USA), BURTON, 70.90
6. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), GIRO, 70.05
Men’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
1. Sven Thorgren (SWE), OAKLEY, 80.60
2. Mark McMorris (CAN), BURTON, 79.70
3. Michael Ciccarelli (CAN), BURTON, 78.40
4. Mons Roisland (NOR), DC, 76.55
5. Brandon Davis (USA), NEFF, 74.90
6. Sebbe De Buck (BEL), MONSTER, 73.85
7. Redmond Gerard (USA), BURTON, 72.30
8. Sebastien Toutant (CAN), ONEILL, 71.05
9. Stale Sandbech (NOR), OAKLEY, 69.65
10. Chris Corning (USA), MONSTER, 69.50
Competition continues today, March 2, 2017 with the men’s and women’s halfpipe semi-finals on Vail’s Golden Peak withdefending halfpipe champions Shaun White (USA) and Chloe Kim (USA) up against a packed field including nine-time U.S. Open Champion Kelly Clark (USA), 2017 X Games Gold Medalists Scotty James (AUS) and Elena Hight (USA), as well as past podium finishers including Taku Hiraoka (JPN), Danny Davis (USA), Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Arielle Gold (USA).
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.
About Vail MountainUnder blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities through Epic Discovery, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.