2014 Burton US Open Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
Vail, CO (March 5, 2014) â€” TheÂ 32ndÂ annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINIÂ atÂ Vail Mountain, officially kicked off today with men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals. An idyllic bluebird day made for perfect conditions for the riders, who had two runs to win their spot for Friday’s final. Jamie Anderson (USA) and Stale Sandbech (NOR) were the top qualifiers in Wednesday’s semi-finals and will go for the Burton US Open slopestyle title, along with 14 other riders.
South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson, proved why she’s an Olympic gold medalist, with a second run consisting of a gap to backside boardslide, 50-50 to 50-50, and 50-50 to frontside boardslide to fakie on the upper rail section, a Cab 540 indy, frontside 720 mute grab, and backside 540 indy on the three jumps, scoring an 86.80.
“The conditions were awesome today,” said Anderson. “The sun came out and the course was really fun. I’m happy I got a good score.”
Isabel Derungs (SUI) took second for the ladies and Spencer O’Brien (CAN) finished third. Out of the 16 women in today’s event, the top six move on to Friday’s final starting at 10am MST.
After the women’s semi-finals 32 men hit the slopestyle course, but only 10 advanced, with Norwegian Olympic silver medalist, Stale Sandbech, holding the top spot. Sanbech’s first run included a frontside lipslide to backside lipslide, 50-50 to frontside 360 out, and 50-50 to frontside boardslide to fakie on the upper rail section, and a Cab 1260, frontside 1080 to backside triple cork 1440, scoring an 87.05 and holding throughout the semis.
“Today was a really good day for me,” said Sandbech. “The weather was great and it just makes you warm and loose. It’s easier to try big tricks when it’s not icy.”
Behind Sandbech was Brandon Davis (USA) and Roope Tonteri (FIN) in third. The top 10 of 32 men advanced to finals, and will go for the 2014 Burton US Open slopestyle title, starting at 2pm MST on Friday.
Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Final Results:
1. Jamie Anderson (USA), BILLABONG, 86.80
2. Isabel Derungs (SUI), RIDE, 78.45
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN), NIKE, 78.25
4. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), BURTON, 77.25
5. Ty Walker (USA), RED BULL, 74.15
6. Cheryl Maas (NED), VOLCOM, 70.80
Jamie Anderson gives the thumbs up after her run.
photo by Hardbodynews.com
Men’s Slopesyle Semi-Final Results:
1. Stale Sandbech (NOR), OAKLEY, 87.05
2. Brandon Davis (USA), NEFF, 81.30
3. Roope Tonteri (FIN), BURTON, 80.85
4. Kyle Mack (USA), BURTON, 77.05
5. Tyler Nicholson (CAN), LIB TECH, 76.25
6. Sebastien Toutant (CAN), ONEILL, 75.70
7. Darcy Sharpe (CAN), MONSTER ENERGY, 74.85
8. Maxence Parrot (CAN), ONEILL, 74.30
9. Mark McMorris (CAN), BURTON,73.85
10. Emil Ulsletten (NOR), NITRO, 72.05
Tonight, an Olympic Rider Celebration will take place at the Solaris main stage in downtown Vail from 6-7pm.Â Emcee, Sal Masekela, will interview top medalists who are in Vail competing at the Burton US Open. Complete with a DJÂ and fireworks, it’s sure to be a memorable evening.
Tomorrow, don’t miss day two of the Burton US Open with halfpipe semi-finals beginning at 10am MST, with live coverage onÂ Burton.com/USO. Starting Friday, tune in to watch live coverage from Vail Mountain on FOX Sports 2, plus additional airings, run replays, full webcasts, broadcast schedules and more onÂ www.Burton.com/USO
For anyone who missed the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more areÂ here. Also check your local listings to watch the US Open Lifestyle show, and Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Slopestyle and Halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.
A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain DewÂ®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3Mâ„¢ Thinsulateâ„¢ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear NakedÂ® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.
Results and Photos
Rider start lists will be announced prior to the event. For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow #BurtonUSOpen and head toÂ www.Burton.com/USO.
About the Burton US Open
The worldâ€™s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, theÂ Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. 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 32nd annualBurton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain DewÂ®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3Mâ„¢ Thinsulateâ„¢ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear NakedÂ® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vailâ€™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.Â www.vail.com.