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Kelly Clark Wins 2014 US Open Halfpipe Title


Kelly Clark & Taylor Gold Win 2014 US Open Halfpipe Titles
Vail, CO (March 8, 2014) — Kelly Clark (USA) and Taylor Gold (USA) became 2014 halfpipe champions and went away $45,000 dollars richer at the 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain today. On a classic bluebird afternoon, the fourth and final day of the legendary event was perfection.

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2014 Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Clark solidified her seventh Burton US Open halfpipe title this afternoon with a run that included a frontside 1080 indy, Cab 720 mute grab, indy to mute grab, backside 540 tail grab, frontside 900 indy, and a backside air, scoring an 89.33. 30-year-old Clark holds the honor of the most wins in US Open history. In other achievements, Clark picked up her fourth World Snowboard Tour halfpipe title today too.

“The US Open means a ton to me,” said Clark. “I grew up nine miles away from the US Open. It really holds a near and dear place in my heart. If I could pick a contest to win, it would be this one. I’m really happy I was able to put down my run today.”

Taking second place honors behind Clark was 2014 Olympian Queralt Castellet (ESP) followed by Chloe Kim (USA), who landed her first podium at the US Open. At just 13 years old, Kim became the youngest World Snowboard Tour Overall Champion with her win today. Her results towards the overall title are impressive. In addition to achieving extraordinary halfpipe results for her age, including a silver medal at X Games, she managed to land two slopestyle results this season— fifth place at the US Rev Tour and 11th in USASA Nationals.

After the women, the top 10 men put on an incredible performance for the packed house. 2014 Olympian Taylor Gold (USA) won his first US Open halfpipe title today. 20-year-old Gold took a victory lap after stomping the best run of the day complete with a massive method air, frontside 1260 tail grab, double Michalchuk melon grab, frontside double cork 1080 indy, Cab 1080 roastbeef, and a crippler chickensalad, scoring an 87.63.

“Coming into the event, I wasn’t really putting a lot of expectations on myself,” said Gold. “It was a relief to have the Olympic cycle over with. Just having fun here was my main goal, so walking away with this is beyond anything I expected.”

In second place for the men was 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka (JPN) and 17-year-old David Habluetzel (SUI) finished third. The World Snowboard Halfpipe Title also went to Hiraoka, for his great season.

The Sicktrix.com best trick award presented went to Chloe Kim for her switch method and Ben Ferguson for his double crippler. Each rider walked away with $5,000.

To celebrate the final night of the 2014 Burton US Open, there will be a rider awards ceremony starting at 6:30pm MST at the Solaris Stage followed by a free concert with Capital Cities and the official US Open closing party at Dobson Ice Arena featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and A Tribe Called Red.

That’s a wrap for the 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships at Vail Mountain. For anyone who missed the live webcast, check out highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays and contest recaps atwww.Burton.com/USO. Also check your local listings to watch US Open re-airs, the US Open Lifestyle show, and men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

Follow all Burton US Open happenings at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, @burtonsnowboard on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

Women’s Halfpipe Final Results:

1. Kelly Clark (USA), BURTON, 89.33
2. Queralt Castellet (ESP), YONEX, 85.73
3. Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 83.95
4. Hannah Teter (USA), BURTON, 75.03
5. Rana Okada (JPN), BURTON, 67.15
6. Sophie Rodriguez (FRA), OAKLEY, 59.80

Men’s Halfpipe Final Results:
1. Taylor Gold (USA), BURTON, 87.63
2. Taku Hiraoka (JPN), BURTON, 86.88
3. David Habluetzel (SUI), BURTON, 83.23
4. Ben Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 77.93
5. Kent Callister (AUS), LIB TECH, 77.58
6. Gabe Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 73.10
7. Jake Pates (USA), BURTON, 73.00
8. Louie Vito (USA), VIVE, 68.28
9. Christian Haller (SUI), BURTON, 67.38
10. Yiwei Zhang (CHN), MINI, 62.03

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the 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 Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
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 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. www.vail.com.



Kelly Clark On Top – 2014 Burton US Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results


2014 Burton US Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results
Vail, CO (March 6, 2014) — It was a stellar second day at the 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain, as world-class riders put on a show at the halfpipe semi-finals. 16 women and 31 men had two runs to perform for a spot in Saturday’s anticipated final. In the end, it was Kelly Clark (USA) and Yiwei Zhang (CHN) with the highest scores of the day in the 22-foot superpipe. A total of six women and 10 men are moving on for their chance at the Burton US Open halfpipe title.

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2014 Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Clark upped her first run score of an 82.20 with an 87.53 on her second. Clark’s run was complete with a huge frontside 1080, Cab 720, frontside air, backside 540 double tail grab, frontside 540 indy, and a method air. She will advance to go for an unprecedented seventh US Open halfpipe title on Saturday.

“Last year this pipe was the best pipe we rode all year and I didn’t know if that was just a one time thing,” said Clark. “After riding now, it wasn’t just a one time thing. It’s perfect.”

Right behind Clark was Queralt Castellet (ESP) in second and Chloe Kim (USA) in third. Tune into the women’s halfpipe finals live from Vail on Saturday, beginning at 11:30am MST.

After the women’s semi-finals, 31 men showcased their abilities in the halfpipe, with 2014 Chinese Olympian, Yiwei Zhang, soaring his way into first position. Zhang’s furious second run included a method air, frontside double 1080, Cab double cork 1080 indy to mute grab, frontside double 1260, double barrel roll, and a frontside 1080 tailgrab, scoring an 93.00.

Taylor Gold (USA) came in second and Ben Ferguson (USA) took third.

“It’s such a relief,” said Gold. “I didn’t really know if it was going to happen coming in because I’ve had some trouble in the last few contests, so I was happy to get in with my first run score.”

Watch the top 10 men from semi-finals battle it out for the 2014 Burton US Open halfpipe title and the $45,000 first place cash purse, on Saturday beginning at 2pm MST on FOX Sports 2 and Burton.com/USO.

Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:
1. Kelly Clark (USA), BURTON, 87.53
2. Queralt Castellet (ESP), YONEX, 85.40
3. Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 78.83
4. Hannah Teter (USA), BURTON, 74.08
5. Sophie Rodriguez (FRA), OAKLEY, 72.90
6. Rana Okada (JPN), BURTON, 72.78

Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:
1. Yiwei Zhang (CHN), MINI, 93.00
2. Taylor Gold (USA), BURTON, 84.38
3. Ben Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 81.85
4. Gabe Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 80.50
5. Jake Pates (USA), BURTON, 79.63
6. David Habluetzel (SUI), BURTON, 78.80
7. Louie Vito (USA), VIVE, 78.65
8. Taku Hiraoka (JPN), BURTON, 77.35
9. Kent Callister (AUS), LIB TECH, 76.28
10. Christian Haller (SUI), BURTON, 75.28

For anyone who missed the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more are here. Also check your local listings to watch US Open re-airs, the US Open Lifestyle show, and men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, @burtonsnowboard on Twitter and Instagram, the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to www.Burton.com/USO.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the 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 Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
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 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. www.vail.com.



2014 Burton US Open Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results


2014 Burton US Open Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
Vail, CO (March 5, 2014) — The 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at 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.

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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 andersonJamie 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. Emcee, Sal Masekela, will interview top medalists who are in Vail competing at the Burton US Open. Complete with a DJ 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 on 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 on www.Burton.com/USO

For anyone who missed the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more are here. Also check your local listings to watch the US Open Lifestyle show, and Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle and Halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

Follow all Burton US Open happenings at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, @burtonsnowboard on Twitter and Instagram, and the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® 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 to www.Burton.com/USO.

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the 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 Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
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 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. www.vail.com.



Tune-In to the 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Presented by MINI


Tune-In to the 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Presented by MINI
Vail, CO (March 4, 2014) — Beginning Wednesday, March 5th, the 32nd Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Presented by MINI, will be broadcast live at Burton.com/USO and on FOX Sports 2 from Vail Mountain. With more than 50 Olympians ready to take the stage, it’s lining up to be the best Burton US Open yet. Watch as Mark McMorris, Jamie Anderson, Stale Sandbech, Danny Davis, Kaitlyn Farrington, Kelly Clark and many more, compete for their chance at the Burton US Open slopestyle and halfpipe titles.

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Here’s where you can tune in. FOX Sports 2 will air five hours of live coverage during the finals on Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th, with additional events on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Regional Networks. In addition, Burton.com/USO will premiere 18 hours of entertainment beginning during the semi-finals on Wednesday, March 5th through Saturday, March 8th.

If you are unable to catch the action in person, check out the full broadcast schedule listed in the attached release. Times and events are posted in Eastern Time (ET), and subject to change, so please check your local listings.

In addition to the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more can be found at the US Open website. Also check your local listings to watch the US Open Lifestyle show, and Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle and Halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow head to www.Burton.com/USO and follow #BurtonUSOpen.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the 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 edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
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 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. www.vail.com.



2014 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships


The 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado are quickly approaching and will showcase some of the world’s top snowboarding talent. The event will feature Men and Women’s Slopestyle and Halpipe competitions, an Olympic Athlete Celebration, concerts and more. Invited athletes include Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Elena High, Torah Bright and many more.

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Some of the 411 on the event and for complete details, schedule, info and updates visit burton.com.

Women’s Slopestyle
Spencer O´Brien
Jamie Anderson
Brooke Voigt
Sarka Pancochova
Enni Rukajärvi
Silje Norendal
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas
Christy Prior
Sina Candrian
Aimee Fuller

Women’s Halfpipe
Kelly Clark
Hannah Teter
Arielle Gold
Kaitlyn Farrington
Queralt Castellet
Elena Hight
Torah Bright
Sophie Rodreguez
Jiayu Liu
Gretchen Bleiler
Chloe Kim

Wednesday, March 5: SLOPESTYLE SEMI FINALS
Slopestyle:
9:00am – 9:45am Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak
11:10am – 12:15pm Men’s Slopestyle Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm Men’s Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Entertainment:
6:00 – 7:00pm Olympic Athlete Celebration at Solaris Concert Stage

Thursday, March 6: HALFPIPE SEMI FINALS
Halfpipe:
9:00am – 9:45am Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak
11:10am – 12:15pm Men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm Men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Friday, March 7: SLOPESTYLE FINALS
Slopestyle:
10:00am – 11:15am Women’s Slopestyle Finals Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm Women’s Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
12:45 – 1:15pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Women’s Slopestyle winners
12:45pm – 1:45pm Men’s Slopestyle Finals Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm Men’s Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
4:30 – 5:00pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Men’s Slopestyle winners

Entertainment:
6:30pm – 6:45pm Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Awards Ceremony at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 9:30pm FREE Concert with Big Gigantic at Solaris Concert Stage

Saturday, March 8: HALFPIPE FINALS
Halfpipe:
10:00am – 11:15am Women’s Halfpipe Finals Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm Women’s Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak
12:45 – 1:15pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Women’s Halfpipe winners
12:45pm – 1:45pm Men’s Halfpipe Finals Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm Men’s Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak
4:30 – 5:00pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Men’s Halfpipe winners

Entertainment:
6:30pm – 6:45pm Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Awards Ceremony at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 9:30pm FREE Concert with Capital Cities at Solaris Concert Stage
10:00pm – 1:30am US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena

NOTE: Times are subject to change based on competition running times, weather and any unforeseen circumstances. Always check the website and/or Burton’s facebook page for the most up to date schedule.

Women’s Halfpipe & Slopestyle
1st – $45,000
2nd – $20,000
3rd – $10,000
4th – $5,000
5th – $2,500
6th – $1,500

More info at: burton.com



Universal Sports Presents 2014 SIA Snow Show


Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, presents 2014 SIA Snow Show on Saturday, February 8, from 7 to 8 PM ET. Hosted by Craig Hummer and Doug and Kelley Lewis, 2014 SIA Snow Show is an exclusive, one-hour TV show featuring the latest trends, innovations, product lines and fashion from inside the snow sports industry’s largest trade show.

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2014 SIA Snow Show Takes Snow Sports Enthusiasts Inside the Industry’s Largest Trade Show
Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2014) – Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, presents 2014 SIA Snow Show on Saturday, February 8, from 7 to 8 PM ET. Hosted by Craig Hummer and Doug and Kelley Lewis, 2014 SIA Snow Show is an exclusive, one-hour TV show featuring the latest trends, innovations, product lines and fashion from inside the snow sports industry’s largest trade show.

For more than five decades, the SIA Snow Show has been bringing the entire snow sports market together in one place, making it the most important trade event for the entire industry. Showcasing the latest trends, innovations, product lines and styles, the SIA Snow Show represents the only global event where 900+ brands are presented in an authentic environment both on and off the snow; all powered by the passion and culture of snow sports.

Universal Sports will visit various booths and conduct interviews on the floor of the SIA Snow Show expo at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, from January 30-February 2 creating a must-watch consumer guide that showcases the latest products from industry manufacturers.

“For serious athletes and all winter sports enthusiasts, Universal Sports will bring the SIA Snow Show convention to life,” said Robert James, Universal Sports’ VP of Programming and Acquisitions. “The show will provide an inside look at the new technology and gear, latest trends, clothing styles, and everything in between from all of the industry’s top manufacturers.”

“SIA is thrilled to have Universal Sports covering this year’s Snow Show. With the Winter Games in sight, this is an exciting time for our industry and having Universal Sports capture all the energy on the Show floor is fantastic,” commented David Ingemie, SIA president.

Universal Sports Network provides viewers unparalleled access to a wide range of world-class sporting events from around the globe including the FIS Alpine World Cup and other winter sports including snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, bobsled and speed skating.

Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon FiOS and CenturyLink Prism, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.

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About Universal Sports
Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.

About SIA
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US Snowboarding Grand Prix Start List Finals – Ladies’ Snowboard Halfpipe


US SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX START LIST FINALS – Ladies’ Snowboard Halfpipe
What: Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle
When: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Where: Breckenridge, CO (USA)
Start Time: TBD
Number of Competitors: 8

Start Order / Bib / Name / Country
1 / 8 Holly Crawford – AUS
2 / 7 Sophie Rodriguez – FRA
3 / 6 Kelly Clark – USA
4 / 5 Arielle Gold – USA
5 / 4 Queralt Castellet – SPA
6 / 3 Elena Hight – USA
7 / 2 Kaityln Farrington – USA
8 / 1 Chloe Kim – USA



FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2014 Start List Finals – Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle


FIS FREESTYLE SKI WORLD CUP 2014 START LIST FINALS
What: Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle
When: Friday, January 10, J2014
Where: Breckenridge, CO (USA)
Start Time: 09:30am
Number of Competitors: 8

Start Order / Bib / Name / Country
1 / 8 Zuzana Stromkova – SVK
2 / 7 Dominique Ohaco – CHI
3 / 6 Camillia Berra – SUI
4 / 5 Yuki Tsubota – CAN
5 / 4 Kim Lamarre – CAN
6 / 3 Devin Logan – USA
7 / 2 Emma Dahlstrom
8 / 1 Keri Herman – USA



Lindsey Jacobellis Returns After Multiple Injuries


Lindsey Jacobellis is one to watch at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She made her long awaited return to the mountain just before Christmas and she showed no signs of slowing down. It was her first snowboardcross victory in close to two years. Lindsey said in post race interview that it was tough mentally to get back in the mix after two knee surgeries and a broken thumb. Understandably so and we’re stoked to see her back on track.

Lindsey Jacobellis Wins

Lindsey is a 2006 Olympic silver medalist and has won gold at the World Championships on three separate occasions. She’s a seven-time X Games Champion and is on the invited list once again this year.

Via Youtube:
LAKE LOUISE, AB.– Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) made her overdue return to the podium Saturday with her first snowboardcross World Cup victory in nearly two years in Lake Louise, AB. Jacobellis has been absent from the sport since Jan. 2012 because of a knee injury.

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Lindsey and Hardbody Contributor, Cindy aka “The Sports Stylist” Whitehead at the 2013 espnW Women + Sports Summit.
 

Keep up with Lindsey…
Instagram: Lindseyjacobellis
Twitter: LindsJacobellis
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Sarka Pancochova Wins U.S. Grand Prix Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle


Team USA was poised for another podium sweep at the U.S. Grand Prix Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle but ended up falling short. Jamie Anderson, who was the leading lady heading into the finals, fell on both of her final runs and ended up out of the top spots. Instead it was Czech’s Sarka Pancochova who was victorious and the only woman to score in the 90s. Switzerland’s Isabel Derungs edged out Elena Koenz by .25 for second. Ty Walker was the highest U.S. finisher in fourth.

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Results U.S. Grand Prix Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle:
1. Sarka Pancochova (bib #29) CZE – 92.25
2. Isabel Deurngs (bib #3) SUI – 81.50
3. Lena Koenz (bib #56) SUI – 81.25
4. Ty Walker (bib #31) USA – 78.00
5. Enni Rukajarvi (bib #1) FIN – 76.00
6. Cheryl Maas (bib #48) NED – 46.25
7. Jamie Anderson (bib #2) USA – 45.00
8. Jessika Jenson (bib #37) USA – 21.50
9. Merika Enne (bib #38) FIN – 84.33
10. Karly Shorr (bib #54) USA – 80.66

The U.S. Grand Prix Tour returns to Breckenridge on January 8-11, 2014 where the competitors will be looking to secure a spot on the first-ever Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team.



Video: Gretchen Bleiler’s Remarkable Recovery


Gretchen Bleiler is one of the top female snowboarders in the world. Over the weekend she finished in third at the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mtn., Colorado. Impressive by any standard but what makes her podium appearance an even bigger deal is the challenges she’s overcome.

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Xgames.com recently published a video
in conjunction with Muscle Milk (one of Gretchen’s sponsors) that tells Gretchen’s remarkable story. While warming up she suffered a broken eye-socket, broken nose and a concussion. A number of people thought this would be a career ending injury for her but she wouldn’t hear any of that. As a pro athlete, Gretchen felt there was a way to get better.

When traditional eye exercises didn’t work, Gretchen and her team created their own program. The experimental technique combines ocular rehabilitation with high-intensity strength training and conditioning. Gretchen combined physical activity while focusing on a single point. Check out how Gretchen pushed herself and got back on a snowboard. She’s got her sights set on the Sochi Winter Olympics, which she says could be her last Games.


When doctors said she wouldn’t make a full recovery from a devastating eye injury, Gretchen Bleiler created an eye-strengthening training program that had never been done before and beat the odds.

Gretchen says, “I see the Olympics as this opportunity to get better, push harder and do things you never thought you could do.” We’re not all Olympic athletes but Gretchen’s story reminds us to never give up and keep pushing through adversity.

Follow Gretchen on twitter @GretchenBleiler and use #giveMestrength in your tweets to show your support. Props to Gretchen, Xgames.com and Muscle Milk for sharing this story.

Lead image compiled from Xgames.com video.



Kelly Clark Near Perfect in Win at Copper


Kelly Clark was back on the podium for the second weekend in a row only this time it was on top. Kelly crushed her first run at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Finals with a 95.5 score but it was her second run that reminded everyone why she’s an Olympic gold medalist. She didn’t sit back despite already being the winner. She improved her score to a 98.0 with a monster run full of tricks and was nearly perfect.

kelly clark wins

It was an American sweep in the Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe with Ariell Gold second and Gretchen Bleiler third. The event served as a U.S. Olympic qualification. Ariell Gold was aggressive in the pipe and it earned her the runner-up position. Gretchen moved into the top three with a clean run that showed she’s deserved of another trip to the Olympics. Gretchen’s runs are flashy but they are technically sound and she gets solid air out of the pipe.

Kelly seemed much more confident in her approach on Saturday night than she had the week prior at the Dew Tour. Maybe it was performing under the lights which gives the event a much cooler atmosphere than during the day. When you see Kelly nail a 1080 you can’t help but be in awe of how amazingly talented these women are.

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U.S. Grand Prix Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe Results:
1. Kelly Clark USA 98.00 (bib #1)
2. Arielle Gold USA 91.25 (bib #22)
3. Gretchen Bleiler USA 86.00 (bib #5)
4. Sophie Rodriguez FRA 85.00 (bib #25)
5. Kaitlyn Farrington USA 84.75 (bib #3)
6. Rana Okada JPN 82.00 (bib #35)
7. Xuetong Cai CHN 79.25 (bib #10)
8. Elena Hight USA 63.75 (bib #2)
9. Queralt Castellet SPA 78.25 (bib #4)
10. Ellery Hollingsworth USA 78.00 (bib #26)



Brita Sigourney Soars to Victory at Copper Grand Prix


Brita Sigourney stood on the podium for the second week in a row but this time as the winner. Last weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado Brita finished third at the Dew Tour. The Dew Tour was her first contest back after having knee and shoulder surgeries.

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On her second run under, Copper Mountain’s Friday Night Lights, Brita nailed a 86.60 score. The score put her in the winner’s circle once again. Second place went to Maddie Bowman with a scow of 83.20. The two are in the hunt to make the U.S. Olympic Team. Rounding out the top three was Marie Martinod from France.

winners-copperOn the Podium in Copper. 

FIS FREESTYLE SKI WORLD CUP 2014 RESULTS
Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe – Copper Mountain, CO (USA)

1. Brita Sigourney (Bib #6 – USA)
Run 1 – 85.00
Run 2 – 86.60

2. Maddie Bowman (Bib #5 – USA)
Run 1 – 83.20
Run 2 – 83.20

3. Marie Martinod (Bib #2 – FRA)
Run 1 – 78.80
Run 2 – 49.80

4. Devin Logan (Bib #4 – USA)
Run 1 – 76.80
Run 2 – 20.00

5. Annalisa Drew USA (Bib #8 – USA)
Run 1 – 72.00
Run 2 – 65.40

6. Anais Caradeux FRA (Bib #9 – FRA)
Run 1 – 69.80
Run 2 – 69.80

7. Ayana Onozuka (Bib #1 – JPN)
Run 1 – 69.20
Run 2 – 69.20

8. Angeli Vanlaanen (Bib #3 – USA)
Run 1 – 67.40
Run 2 – 67.40

9. Mirjam Jaeger (Bib #7 – SUI)
Run 1 – 66.20
Run 2 – 66.20

10. Rowan Cheshire (Bib #10 – GBR)
Run 1 – 64.80
Run 2 – 43.60

11. Katrien Aerts (Bib #12 – BEL)
Run 1 – 60.60
Run 2 – 23.80

12. Megan Gunning (Bib #11 – CAN)
Run 1 – 52.60
Run 2 – 11.40

flying-skierBrita Sigourney soars during the Friday Night Finals.

 View complete results from the event, including the men, here.

 



Torah Bright & Devin Logan Win Big at the 2013 Dew Tour


Australia’s Torah Bright threw down a monster first run at the 2013 Dew Tour Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals and it held up for the win. “The aim of the game today was to do everything nice and big and stylish,” said Bright. “I wanted to do a run that was memorable. And this pipe is awesome, it is perfect!”. Second Place went to Kelly Clark and third was thirteen year-old Chloe Kim. Following the Freeski Slopestyle Finals Devin Logan shared, “I can breathe a little easier for the next couple of events.”  Devin won with a 87.80 score and Kim Lamarre of Canada finished second with a 81.20. Rounding out the top three was Maggie Voisin with a 77.20.

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Press Release
Breckenridge, Colo. – December 14, 2013 In a thrilling finish at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships first final of the day Greg Bretz won the men’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals, and 1,000 points towards his USSA standings. The iON Mountain Championships serves as the first official U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Olympic team selection event of the 2013-2014 season. Excitement levels were high and the suspense carried on through the very end of the competition with Shaun White’s final run, which placed him in second. Bretz claimed the coveted Dew Cup with a score of 91.40, and a run that featured a frontside double 1080, cab double 1080, frontside 900, backside 900, frontside 1080 and cab 1080. White took second with a score of 90.40; Taylor Gold finished third with 89.60.

“I’m excited to be at the Dew Tour and for my first big win,” said Bretz after the competition. “I’m so stoked it’s an Olympic selection event, and I was able to come out on top. I just try to ride for myself and stay away from what other people are doing. It ended up working out, and I am super stoked about it.”

White congratulated Bretz after the event, stating, “He’s a great rider!” His focus now turns to tomorrow’s event, of which he said, “I’m ready for slopestyle. Just keep going!”

After landing a backside air, frontside double cork 1080, cab double cork 1080, frontside 540, double mctwist 1260 to a backside rodeo, Shaun White took second on the podium. White’s performance on the superpipe, which at 600 feet in length is currently the longest in the world, earned him 800 points in the USSA standings.

Directly after the men’s competition, the women took a turn for the Snowboard Superpipe Final. Torah Bright set the bar high with her first run, landing a McTwist, air to fakie, cab 720, frontside 540, frontside alley-oop, and alley-oop backside rodeo. She posted a score of 95.40 that held first place through the remainder of the competition, topping second place finisher Kelly Clark.

“The aim of the game today was to do everything nice and big and stylish,” said Bright. “I wanted to do a run that was memorable. And this pipe is awesome, it is perfect!”

The afternoon’s action turned to the slopestyle course for the women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final. Devin Logan’s first run began with a lipslide to fakie on the first rail, a switch 270 on to 270 out of the flat down rail, followed by a right 540 safety to a switch left 540 safety, a Japan grab to straight slide, ending with a rodeo 540 safety on the final jump. Her technical moves were enough to put her in first place with a score of 87.80 that held throughout the rest of the competition, awarding Logan her first slopestyle Dew Cup.

“I’ve always wanted to win the Dew Tour,” said Logan, following the event. Now that it’s a USSA selection event, it makes it even better. I can breathe a little easier for the next couple of events.”

The night closed out with an exciting men’s Freeski Superpipe Final that saw David Wise draw on his amplitude and technical talent to rise above a strong field of American and international talent. Wise began his run with a switch right 900, switch left double cork 1080, right double cork 1260, left double cork 1260, alley-oop flat 540, finishing off with a left cork 900. His score of 92.60 led an American podium sweep.

“It’s an amazing thing to win the first contest of the season, especially since this is an Olympic selection event,” said Wise. “100 points for the qualification standings, you can’t start off more solid than that. I’ve always loved the Dew Tour. It’s got a really good feel to it. It’s exciting, and everyone put on a show tonight. It was fun to be a part of and pretty unreal to watch.”

The Dew Tour took over downtown Breckenridge last night, shutting down a block of Washington Ave. to create an urban snowboarding course for the Nike Snowboarding Streetstyle. Canadian Darcy Sharpe stood out during the half hour organized jam session, gaining both the overall win and Best Trick title for his frontside bluntslide 450 out on the dumpster.

“This is really cool,” said Sharpe, following the contest. “It’s sick to keep street competitions in Dew Tour and shows more style involved in snowboarding. Everybody killed it, so I’m stoked.”

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1.Torah Bright, Australia, 95.40
2. Kelly Clark, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 90.60
3. Chloe Kim, Torrance, Calif., 89.40
4. Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo 84.20
5. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho, 83.80
6. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, Colo., 80.00
7. Xuetong Cai, China, 44.80
8. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 25.80

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results
1.Devin Logan, Dover, Vt., 87.80
2. Kim Lamarre, Canada, 81.20
3. Maggie Voisin, Whitefish, Mont., 77.20
4. Keri Herman, Breckenridge, Colo., 71.20
5. Ashley Battersby, Park City, Utah, 67.40
6. Dara Howell, Canada, 61.80
7. Julia Krass, Hanover, NH, 57.60
8. Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Park City, Utah, 42.40

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com, www.facebook.com/dewtour, and www.twitter.com/DewTour.

photo by isaac hinds – hardbodynews.com

 



Jamie Anderson Wins Dew Tour Snowboard Slopestyle Title


The stakes were high at the 2013 Dew Tour, the first U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) selection event of the 2013-2014 season, and the women ready for the challenge. Jamie Anderson took top honors in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle and Maddie Bowman won the Women’s Freeski Superpipe. It was a huge day for South Lake Tahoe, where both women reside. Jamie fell during her first run of the finals but came back to nail an incredible run the second time around for the win. Fans were treated to a preview of many of the athletes that will be competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

jamie anderson dew tour

Press Release:
Jamie Anderson Wins Snowboard Slopestyle and Maddie Bowman Tops the Freeski Superpipe Podium
Breckenridge, Colo. – December 13, 2013 The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships closed out a first day of Final competitions in Breckenridge with Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman gaining valuable points toward making the US Olympic team. The event serves as the first official U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Olympic team selection event of the 2013-2014 season, and the first ever USSA selection event for freeski and slopestyle disciplines. Jamie Anderson held the afternoon crowd in suspense, as the final rider to drop in and score a 96.00 on her second run to jump into first place and win the Dew Cup. Her run included a backside bluntslide to gap boardslide switch out, a cab 720 tailgrab, a backside 540, frontside 360 shifty and huge backside 540.

“I was just praying that all the good spirits were looking after me and hoping that I land that run,” said Anderson, knowing that her final run was her only chance to land in first place. “I want to just try to do well, give thanks, stay grateful, and enjoy the journey. Living the dream right here!”

The day began early with the women’s Freeski Superpipe Final, featuring a high level of skiing from a range of contenders. Maddie Bowman managed to stay on top of the competition with her first run score of 89.60, barely edging out second place finisher Angeli VanLaanen. Bowman’s run began with a straight air Japan, followed by a right 900, left 540 mute, straight air mute, corked 900 and right 720, ending with a switch 540.

“I’m excited,” exclaimed Bowman, realizing she had just topped the podium at the first USSA selection event of the season. “The Dew Tour pipe is sweet. It’s one of the best pipes we ride all year.”

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final Results
1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 96.00
2. Enni Rukajarvi, Finland, 89.40
3. Silje Norendal, Norway, 86.20
4. Isabel Derungs, Switzerland, 68.80
5. Jessika Jenson, Rigby, Idaho, 64.00
6. Jordie Karlinski, Snowmass Village, Colo., 59.20
7. Aimee Fuller, Great Britain, 53.80
8. Sarka Pancochova, Czech Republic, 34.80

Women’s Freeski Superpipe Final Results
1. Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 89.60
2. Angeli VanLaanen, Bellingham, Wash., 89.00
3. Brita Sigourney, Carmel, Calif., 88.20
4. Ayana Onozuka, Japan, 86.60
5. Anais Caradeux, France, 80.00
6. Devin Logan, Dover, Vt., 75.00
7. Rowan Cheshire, Great Britain, 64.40
8. Annalisa Drew, Andover, Mass., 38.00

©photo isaac hinds – hardbodynews.com



2013 Dew Tour – Women’s Qualifying Results


The top eight women from each discipline advanced to the finals. Kelly Clark lead the way in the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe, edging out the dazzling youngster Chloe Kim by 1.4 points. Seasoned veteran, Gretchen Bleiler made the cut with a 7the place finish in the qualifying round. Maggie Voisin had a monster second run to put her atop the women’s freeski slope style group. Angeli VanLaanen’s first run of 89.60 put her in first heading into the women’s freeski superpipe finals. Jamie Anderson leads the way in the snowboard slopestyle with 93.00.

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The Dew Tour is the first official US Ski and Snowboard Association Olympic team selection event of the 2013-2014 season. Today (Thursday, December 12th) the men will hit the mountain for their qualifying rounds. For more information visit dewtour.com.

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD SUPERPIPE QUALIFYING

ION MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP : QUALIFYING

Rank Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 Kelly Clark 86.20 94.80 94.80
2 Chloe Kim 93.00 93.40 93.40
3 Arielle Gold 90.80 43.80 90.80
4 Kaitlyn Farrington 89.20 87.00 89.20
5 Elena Hight 82.60 85.80 85.80
6 Torah Bright 84.60 76.20 84.60
7 Gretchen Bleiler 75.40 76.80 76.80
8 Xuetong Cai 64.40 73.40 73.40

WOMEN’S FREESKI SLOPESTYLE QUALIFYING

ION MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP : QUALIFYING

Rank Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 Maggie Voisin 80.00 86.00 86.00
2 Devin Logan 67.80 84.00 84.00
3 Keri Herman 83.20 20.40 83.20
4 Dara Howell 61.60 80.00 80.00
5 Jamie Crane-Mauzy 71.60 78.20 78.20
6 Kim Lamarre 26.60 77.80 77.80
7 Ashley Battersby 77.60 40.40 77.60
8 Julia Krass 57.00 76.00 76.00

WOMEN’S FREESKI SUPERPIPE QUALIFYING

ION MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP : QUALIFYING

Rank Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 Angeli VanLaanen 89.60 17.40 89.60
2 Ayana Onozuka 85.20 84.60 85.20
3 Annalisa Drew 82.40 85.00 85.00
4 Maddie Bowman 84.00 84.00
5 Brita Sigourney 83.60 40.60 83.60
6 Anais Caradeux 81.60 38.00 81.60
7 Rowan Cheshire 80.60 28.60 80.60
8 Devin Logan 78.20 78.20

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE QUALIFYING

ION MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP : QUALIFYING

Rank Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 Jamie Anderson 93.00 DNS 93.00
2 Enni Rukajärvi 88.20 69.40 88.20
3 Silje Norendal 63.40 84.60 84.60
4 Isabel Derungs 81.00 19.00 81.00
5 Sarka Pancochova 59.60 76.80 76.80
6 Jordie Karlinski 72.60 26.00 72.60
7 Jessika Jenson 66.60 21.80 66.60
8 Aimee Fuller 64.60 61.80 64.60

 



The 411 on the 2013 Dew Tour in Breckrendridge, Colorado


The 2013 Dew Tour kicks off this week in Breckenridge, Colorado. The free, 4-day action packed festival features ski and snowboarding competitions along with live music and other rad events. If you can’t make it to the event to see all the action live, don’t worry the event will be aired on NBC and on dewtour.com.

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The Dew Tour’s iON Mountain Championships have been named the first of five official Olympic Selection events. This means fans will be treated to some of the best competition in the world as athletes look to secure their spot on the 2014 Winter Olympics team. We’ll be there covering the action and checking throughout the weekend.

NBC ION MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS INFO
Dew Tour General Information
The Dew Tour is a free 4-day action sports and lifestyle festival coming to Breckenridge, Colorado December 12-15. The event features ski and snowboarding competitions with live music and the Dew Tour Experience where fans can enjoy athlete autograph signings, giveaways, games and more as they learn more about the Dew Tour partners.

Where is the Dew Tour?
The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships will be held at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8, just off of the BreckConnect gondola and the Colorado SuperChair.

Spectator Info:
All athlete events are taking place at Peak 8 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Spectators will be able to access the Slopestyle competitions directly from the Peak 8 Base Area; Look for directional signs for detailed access.
 
For all Superpipe events, spectators can access the venue in the Freeway Terrain park via Rip’s Ride (Chair 7) at the Peak 8 Base Area. Free foot passenger tickets are available at any Peak 8 ticket window, from guest service personnel or at the chairlift. Rip’s Ride is for uphill access only, so all foot passenger spectators will be required to walk down from the venue; proper footwear is encouraged.
 
Skier/Rider access is only available from Rip’s Ride, with a short traverse over to Freeway.
 
Busses and the BreckConnect Gondola will run late for the nighttime events from the Breckenridge Transportation Center.

The following events will be featured at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships:
Men’s Ski Superpipe

Women’s Ski Superpipe

Men’s Ski Slopestyle

Women’s Ski Slopestyle

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Nike Snowboarding Streetstyle

What can someone expect in The Dew Tour experience?
The Dew Tour Experience reflects the culture of action sports and the lifestyle of our fans through live partner brand experiences. The Dew Tour Experience will be FREE for everyone. Our partners will have plenty for Dew Tour fans to enjoy including athlete autograph signings, giveaways, activities and more.

Where can someone watch coverage of the Dew Tour?
The iON Mountain Championships can be viewed on TV via NBC and NBC Sports Network. Fans can also live stream all the action at dewtour.com. Don’t miss every competition, athlete interviews, industry insiders and behind the scenes action from Breckenridge, all on Dew Tour Live and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.

2013 Schedule of Events TV and Online (Eastern Standard Time):
Thursday, December 12
11:30am – Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
3pm – Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final

Friday, December 13
11:30am – Women’s Freeski Superpipe Final
1:30pm – Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
5pm – Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
7pm – Men’s Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final

Saturday, December 14
12pm – Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
2:15pm – Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
4pm – Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final
7pm – Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final
1am – Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final (Taped)

Sunday, December 15
12pm – Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final
3pm – Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final

More info visit dewtour.com and follow @dewtour on twitter.



Awesome Snowboarding Video: P.S. Episode 3 It’s Deep


In the mood to hit the slopes? We are after seeing this rad video from ESPN.

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Robin Van Gyn, Amber Stackhouse, Erin Comstock and Annie Boulanger head to Baldface lodge in Canada for some pow laps.

via youtube



Snow Accelerated Sales in Late December


Snow Accelerated Sales in Late December
More than 30 supplier brands begin three days of manufacturer meetings adjacent to the 2013 SIA Snow Show

WASHINGTON, DC (January 30, 2013) - SIA Sourcing Snow, a new member-owned trade show dedicated to the supply side of the snow sports industry, began Wednesday at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo. and will continue until 3 p.m. on Friday, February 1. Sourcing Snow is held concurrently with the 2013 SIA Snow Show (Jan. 31-Feb. 3).

The day started with a luncheon for exhibiting brands, their clients and partner companies and excitement for the three days of business ahead. Sourcing Snow also hosted a group of top journalists for a party before the SIA Pre-Show Snow Fashion & Trends Show held next door.

“I do think the mechanics and set up of the room and the booth are very good­­. It is a great location,” said David Parkes, CEO and president of Concept III. “This is an important way for us to get closer to these people in a different environment than their own showroom and a great opportunity to meet people we may not already know.”

The cost-effective structure of the show and simple set up was a draw for exhibiting suppliers.

“SIA made it easy for us,” said Mary Smith, Duraflex account manager for the eastern United States. “We left the last show we were at and came here, literally bringing our backpack and roller boards- that was it.”

Duraflex wanted to participate in the first year of Sourcing Snow because of the access to manufacturers exhibiting at the 2013 SIA Snow Show.

Smith said, “We wanted to have access to all the companies, especially the new and upcoming companies that we don’t see at the other shows that may only be here. We have had about five different companies that have stopped in to talk and are looking for specific things.”

Conversations about creating a dedicated SIA textile and sourcing show, that is exhibitor owned and operated, began in June of 2012 with the SIA Supplier Task Force.

“Since the beginning, we have been focused on developing a sustainable model for a show that makes sense for sourcing companies and their customers, especially since it is such a busy show season,” said David Ingemie, SIA president. “I think that Sourcing Snow’s first day indicates that we have a successful model with a lot of opportunities for expansion.”

Stay connected to 2013 SIA Snow Show news with the SIA Social Dashboard, with feeds from the SIA Facebook page, SIA’s Latest and @siasnowsports on Twitter. Use #SIA13 to join the Twitter and Instagram dialogues with thousands of industry professionals preparing to converge on Denver, Winter Park Resort and Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Colo., January 31 – February 5 for the Snow Show and On-Snow Demo.

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X Games Aspen 2013 Coverage on ABC


The Aspen X Games kick off this week and we’re stoked to be watching some of the events live and in person. If you’re not able to attend this awesome event, don’t worry you can catch it online and on TV. ESPN will be producing hours of content online and on ABC.

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All Live Content Distributed on ESPN 3D and WatchESPN

A wide offering of X Games Aspen 2013 content will be simultaneously distributed across multiple broadcast and digital platforms January 24-27 live from Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. X Games content will be available via television, smartphones, tablets and online through digital and social network platforms. By enhancing and adding dimension to the X Games viewing experience, fans will have the opportunity to watch all the action, get an inside look at the event, and establish a two-way conversation with ESPN, athletes and other viewers.

“With X Games Aspen officially kicking off the global expansion, ESPN will provide fans around the world with a chance to experience the X Games – with both enhanced broadcast and digital options,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming and X Games. “In 2013, ESPN will produce and distribute more than 150 total hours of coverage of these 6 X Games events, supplemented with rich digital content, and Aspen is the perfect way to kick it off.”

Television
X Games Aspen 2013 will feature the return of live coverage on ABC, as well as 20 hours of live X Games Aspen content in high-definition on ESPN, January 24 – 27, 2013 from Aspen, Colo. WatchESPN will stream all 20 hours of coverage as well as three hours of original content and ESPN 3D will telecast all 21.5 hours of live X Games coverage.

New host, Ramona Bruland, will host all 20 hours of the X Games coverage on ESPN and ABC. With more than 10 years of experience in the television industry and two Heartland Emmy nominations, Ramona has been seen on TV screens across Australia, Europe and the USA covering action sports, lifestyle, arts and culture, luxury and travel on multiple networks.

A prominent collection of action sports legends will join Bruland on the air. The full ESPN telecast team is listed here:

• Kevin Pearce – Snowboard Analyst
• Chris Burandt – Snowmobile Analyst
• Keir Dillon – Snowboard Play-by-Play
• Mike Douglas – Ski Analyst
• Chris Ernst – Ski Play-by-Play
• Tes Sewell – Snowmobile Play-by-Play
• Alyssa Roenigk – Reporter
• Jamie Little – Reporter
• Jordan Whitley – Reporter

*For the full telecast schedule please check your local listings, or visit www.xgames.com.

International

In addition to all of the content on ESPN’s U.S.-based media platforms, X Games Aspen will be televised in 184 countries and territories to more than 430.6 million homes, including live coverage in Africa, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Europe, Middle East and South America. 21.5 live hours of the event will also be simulcast on ESPN’s international broadband platforms in 16 countries across Australia, Europe and Latin America.

ESPN will produce 10 one-hour syndication shows for networks to air following the event.

Digital

XGames.com – The newly redesigned XGames.com will provide comprehensive onsite coverage from Aspen including an all new, enhanced second screen experience, X Cast. With live results, near-real-time “leader board” video of competition runs, game-cast elements like TrickTrack (which graphically captures trick data in real time) and Hypemeter (a worldwide applause meter that measures, scores and displays the collective excitement around X Games at any time), X Cast in 2013 will be the most interactive second screen web experience X Games has seen to date. Additionally, the new site will feature personalized and “Pop-Up”-style video (around daily and event highlights, medal runs and features) and the Scene, the all-new lifestyle section of XGames.com, covering the films, music and style elements happening on the ground in Aspen. ESPN.com’s Wayne Drehs will also be onsite writing enterprise features around marquee events and athletes of the event, and full-bleed photo galleries will be shot by the best creative talent in the action sports industry.

The new and improved X Games app – The app, which it compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android, puts the world’s premier action sports event right at your fingertips, making it easier than ever to watch highlights, view schedules, track scores and keep up with the top names and hottest news coming out of Aspen. Use the app while watching the TV broadcast to take full advantage of TrickTrack, then fire up the interactive HypeMeter and virtually “cheer” for your favorite moments using your device and quick hands. With streaming music content and deep links to every live competition on WatchESPN, this free app is a must-have for X Games fans everywhere.

XGames.com/realsnow – Eight invited snowboarders will submit a one-minute video with a maximum of eight tricks to be judged by a committee of well-respected snowboarding industry professionals.  A first place prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the winner, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top 3 finishers. Fans will also have a chance to view and vote on their favorite video in a tournament-style bracket with the fan favorite winning $10,000. Visit XGames.com/realsnow to view videos and vote for your favorite athlete.

Inside X – As increasing numbers of fans now watch live sporting events on television, while concurrently connected to the internet, Inside X will offer viewers a look at everything happening on and off-site during X Games Aspen. Through on-demand clips, Inside X  will feature a variety of event highlights and expert analysis, behind-the-scenes access, athlete and fan interviews, and an inside look at X Games Music, Film and Style cultural elements from Aspen, Colorado.

Inside X will be available in the scene section of Xgames.com, Xgames.com/Scene, throughout the duration of the event.

Live Music WebcastsX Games Music Presents will feature a variety of on-site and off-site concerts throughout X Games Aspen featuring two live webcasts from the X Fest Stage on Buttermilk Mountain. Calvin Harris and Major Lazer will be performing on Saturday and Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT and 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. MT, respectively. The live music webcast will be distributed on XGames.com, the X Game Facebook page, and the X Games Livestream Channel.

Facebook – X Games on Facebook will feature exclusive video, photo galleries, X Games Aspen Moment of the Day and behind the scenes content posted daily along with telecast and event information. The X Games Facebook page currently has more than 3.9MM fans. Join X Games on Facebook at Facebook.com/XGames

Twitter – ESPN X Games’ Twitter feed will featureinstant event updates, results, tweet to vote for the Big Air competitions and a behind-the-scenes look at X Games Aspen. Have something to say? Join the conversation using #XGAMES or @XGames in your tweet and follow us on the official X Games Twitter page at Twitter.com/XGames

Google + — X Games on Google+ includes exclusive athlete Hangouts, video, photo galleries and behind the scenes look at X Games Aspen along with telecast and event information. For all info visit: Google.com/+xgames

ESPN3 – ESPN3 will stream three hours of exclusive live coverage from X Games Aspen 2013.

WatchESPN – Fans will also be able to watch live coverage of every event on ESPN through their computers, smartphones or tablets via WatchESPN.  WatchESPN delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV or Comcast Xfinity TV.

ESPN MobileTV – will provide 18 hours of live event coverage. Daily highlights and discipline highlights will be offered On Demand.

Music

The X Games Aspen telecast will feature music from Calvin Harris, Major Lazer and Green Day and many more.

iTunes will be promoting a splash page available at www.itunes.com/xgames for everything X Games past and present. The splash page will feature video content, podcasts, apps, films and music. Sony, Microsoft, and Amazon will also have all daily highlights and discipline highlights from X Games Aspen available for purchase.

News Release & logo via Espn.com

 



2013 Winter X Games Invited Female Athletes


The X Games Aspen 2013 returns to Aspen, Colo. on Jan. 24-27, 2013. The women’s field has been announced and it’s another stellar lineup for the popular winter games. Check out who made the cut and the schedule of events for the 2013 Aspen X Games.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Shaun White, Kelly Clark Among the First Wave of Athlete Invites

 ESPN will launch into 2013 with X Games Aspen officially kicking off the global expansion – a six-event schedule that will conclude in Los Angeles in August.  In May, ESPN announced it would be expanding the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain – joining X Games Aspen, Los Angeles and Tignes taking the premier action sports event global.

ESPN will present X Games Aspen 2013 from January 24 – 27 bringing all the action back to Buttermilk Mountain for an 11th consecutive year.  Celebrating 17 years of the winter version of X Games, this year’s competition will feature more than 200 athletes competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile.  ESPN and ABC will combine to televise 20 hours of live X Games Aspen competition in high definition. In addition, the Worldwide Leader in Action Sports will present all the X Games action on ESPN 3D.

The full list of first wave athletes invited to compete at X Games Aspen 2013 is available at www.xgames.com.

SNOWBOARDING:
Women’s Slopestyle

Jamie Anderson
Enni Rukajarvi
Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas
Spencer O’Brien

Women’s SuperPipe
Kelly Clark
Elena Hight
Hannah Teter
Gretchen Bleiler
Queralt Castellat
Kaitlyn Farrington
Torah Bright

SKI
Women’s Slopestyle
Kaya Turski
Anna Segal
Emilia Wint
Keri Herman
Dara Howell

Women’s SuperPipe
Roz Groenewoud
Maddie Bowman
Anais Caradeux
Brita Sigourney
Megan Gunning

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
All event times listed are Mountain Standard Time (MST) and subject to change. All competitions take place on Buttermilk at Aspen, Colo.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Elimination
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Elimination
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Final

Friday, January 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Elimination
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Snowboard Street Round One & Final
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Women’s Fina
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Snowboard Big Air Round One & Final
8:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Final

Saturday, January 26, 2013
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Snowmobile Seeding
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Final
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Women’s Final
2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. Snowmobile Speed & Style Final
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Skiing Big Air Round One & Final
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Final

Sunday, January 27, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Final
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Women’s Final
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Round One, LCQ & Final
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Snowmobile Best Trick Final
7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Final

 

Visit Xgames.com for more info on the event and updated info.



Video: Nine Queens – Progression Of Women’s Freeskiing with Jen Hudak


It’s not winter yet but this video makes us kinda wish it was. Professional freeskier Jen Hudak takes the lead on this video and describes women’s freeskiing progression and as you can see in the video below it definitely has. This is an amazing video that showcases the best female freeskiing hardbodies in the world. RAD!

From Vimeo
About Nine Queens:
Three years ago Nico Zacek, Germany’s number one freeski pro innovated the freeskiing world with an original event concept. The idea was simple: Nico built a distinctive jump obstacle and brought together the best athletes, photographers and film crews from all over the world and offered them perfect setting. From this winning formula NINE KNIGHTS was born and only three years later it has developed into one of the most anticipated freeski events in the world.

This big success was the reason why Nico thought about a female edition of his medieval spectacle. Who else could be the host of a NINE QUEENS Freeski event if not his good friend and Völkl team mate Virginie Faivre from Switzerland? Virginie, the current FIS- halfpipe world champion and repeated winner of the European Open, is now looking forward to inviting some of the best female freeskiers like Sarah Burke, Kaya Turski, Grete Eliasson, and Eva Patscheider to their contest highlight of the year. From March 21th to 25th the great skiing resort of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Tyrol (Austria) will be the host location for the NINE QUEENS chateau, a unique jump- and jib feature, built by the Schneestern crew who also built all NINE KNIGHTS obstacles. Some outstanding photographers and film crews will be on hand to record the best that the world’s female freeskiing royalty has to offer.

To help us all carry on Sarah’s legacy, please support the Sarah Burke foundation, you can find more info at: sarahburkefoundation.org



Canadian Freestyle Skier Passes Away at Age 29 – Rest in Peace Sarah Burke


It’s with a heavy heart I share this sad news. While I never knew Sarah personally, I do know many of her friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah’s family, friends and loved ones. Sarah was a four-time Winter X Games champion from Canada. She crashed last week while training on the Eagle Superpipe in Park City, Utah.

January 19, 2012 - Groundbreaking Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke passed away at 9:22AM January 19, 2012 at the University of Utah Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident on the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. She was training for upcoming winter events.

As the result of Sarah’s fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage, which caused Sarah to go into cardiac arrest on the scene. Emergency personnel responded and CPR was administered on the scene during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing.  Studies in the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department indicated that she retained brainstem function. She was placed on life support and a protocol of therapeutic hypothermia was initiated to protect her brain. An angiogram indicated the site of arterial bleeding, and on Wednesday, January 11 the injured artery was successfully repaired.

After the operation, numerous neurological examinations, electrodiagnostic tests and imaging studies revealed that Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest, resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved. In accordance with Sarah’s wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others.

While early reports in the media stated that Sarah’s injury was a traumatic brain injury, it is important to note that Sarah’s condition was the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during cardiac arrest.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Sarah’s dear friends for their love and support, and for traveling to Salt Lake City to comfort the family.

They would also like to thank the University of Utah Hospital and her physicians and care team in the Neuro Critical Care Unit for their incredible care and compassion.

The family was moved by the sincere and heartfelt sympathy expressed by people inspired by Sarah from all around the world. They have received a substantial number of inquiries from those who would like to make a contribution on behalf of Sarah.  For more information, please go to http://www.giveforward.com/sarahburke.

A public celebration of Sarah’s life will be held in the coming weeks.



Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke Update


The press conference that was scheduled to take place today has been canceled. Please see the press release for the latest updates on champion skier Sarah Burke’s status.

Late last night, Rory Bushfield, Sarah’s husband, and members of her family met with physicians to discuss the results of Sarah’s most recent neurological tests and assessments. Based on the information they received, we regret to inform you that they have decided to cancel today’s press conference in order for further tests to be conducted this morning and in the coming days. The family wants to express their deep appreciation for the overwhelming support Sarah has received from all over the world. They ask that everyone continue to keep Sarah and Rory in their prayers. Rory and Sarah’s family remain at the hospital.

The family asks that the media continue to respect their privacy. At the family’s request, there will no further updates today from Sarah’s family or the hospital. Future updates will be released via her website at www.sarahburkeski.com.

Fans may continue to express their support via Sarah’s Facebook page and the hashtag #believeinsarah on Twitter.

Lead photo via smith optics facebook.



Sarah Burke Remains in Critical Condition – Press Conference Monday


Champion freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains in critical condition after sustaining an injury during a routine training practice. A press conference will be held on Monday, January 16th. We’ll have more details tomorrow related to the press conference.

 

 

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2012 - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains at the University of Utah Hospital in critical condition. She is under close monitoring by a multidisciplinary team coordinated by neurointensivist Safdar Ansari, M.D.

“Sarah remains in critical condition in the Neuro Critical Care Unit”, said Ansari. “With traumatic brain injury, our care is focused on addressing the primary injury and preventing secondary brain damage, as well as managing other injuries sustained at the time of the accident; all of which requires close monitoring and intensive care. At this moment, Sarah needs more time before any prognosis can be determined.”

More information about traumatic brain injury can be found from the following resources: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/

Friends and fans may continue to post their well wishes on Sarah’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Burke/50553451173.

A press conference will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the University of Utah Clinical Neurosciences Center. Details including time will be available on Sunday January 15.
Lead photo by one of Sarah’s Sponsors – Smith Optics. Props to them for embracing #STAYSTRONGSARAH. Sarah’s family would like #BelieveInSarah to trend, so we’ll be using that hashtag on twitter.  Sarah’s friend and our twitter pal who takes awesome photos Jen Hudak shared some of her thoughts with ESPN.



Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke Operation Successful but Remains in Critical Condition


Earlier this week we learned that Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke suffered serious injuries while training in Park City, Utah. The four-time winter X Games champion remains in critical condition after undergoing an operation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah and her family during this tragic time. Thanks to Nicole, Sarah’s manager for keeping us updated. Help share your well-wishes to Sarah with #STAYSTRONGSARAH on Twitter or “Stay Strong Sarah” on facebook.

For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2012 – Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital after sustaining serious injuries during a training run at Park City Mountain Resort on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Burke underwent a successful operation to repair a tear to her vertebral artery which resulted in an intracranial hemorrhage at the time of her fall. William T. Couldwell, M.D. Ph.D., professor and chair of Neurosurgery at University of Utah performed the operation to repair the artery.

“With injuries of this type, we need to observe the course of her brain function before making definitive pronouncements about Sarah’s prognosis for recovery,” said Couldwell. “Our Neuro Critical Care team will be monitoring her condition and response continuously over the coming hours and days.”

Sarah’s family is grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of support from around the globe. Fans may continue to use Sarah’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Burke/50553451173 to express their wishes and receive updates.

The family also requests media and the public respect their privacy in order to give them time with Sarah at this critical stage.

Lead photo of Sarah holding her feature in OUTSIDE magazine via shaywill.com.



Four-Time Winter X Games Champion Sarah Burke in a Coma


Canadian freestyle skier, Sarah Burke is in a coma after a serious head injury while training at Park City, Utah. The 29 year-old Burke is a four-time Winter X Games champion in the skiing superpipe.

Sarah played a major role in getting the halfpipe added to the 2014 Winter Games. She’s the 2005 halfpipe world gold medalist. Still two years away from the Olympics Sarah has been considered one of the gold-medal favorites in Sochi, Russia (home to the 2014 Winter Olympics).

Reports are that Sara was airlifted from Park City, Utah to Salt Lake City after crashing at the end of a training session.

 

From www.ctvbc.ctv.ca
The CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association said sources had told him Burke is in a coma, but association spokeswoman Kelley Korbin said Wednesday her condition had yet to be confirmed.

“We’re trying to get more information as I speak,” Korbin said.

Burke, who was born in Ontario before moving to Whistler, B.C., is believed to have landed a trick on her feet before bouncing onto her head.

“What I’ve heard is that the crash itself didn’t appear to be that severe,” Korbin said, adding that it “obviously turned out to be very serious.”

 

According to The Saltlake City Tribune the family has requested not to release further details on Burke’s condition except to confirm that she’s alive and still at the hostpital. Nicole Wool, Sarah’s publicist shared with the paper in an email that Burke is “sedated and being monitored”. At the family’s request, hospital spokesman Phil Sahm could not release further details on Burke’s condition Wednesday morning except to confirm she was still at the hospital and still alive.

Sarah was preparing for the 2012 Winter X-Games held later this month. Read a recent interview with the skiing start on ESPN.com.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah and her loved ones. You can share your thoughts and well wishes on Sarah’s Facebook page or to her twitter account. Include the hashtag #STAYstrongSarah and let’s show how strong our support is while Sarah fights for her life.

UPDATE via Smith Opitics (one of Sarah’s sponsors)
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was transported by AirMed helicopter to University of Utah Hospital from Park City Mountain Resort after sustaining serious injuries during training. She is currently listed in critical condition in the hospital’s Neuro Critical Care Unit.

“Sarah sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition,” according to Safdar Ansari, M.D., a neurointensivist with University of Utah Health Care.

Sarah’s husband Rory Bushfield and her family are by her bedside and wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone, all over the world, for their heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. “Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover,” said Rory.

Sarah’s family has asked that fans and media respect their privacy during this difficult time. Sarah’s friends and fans are encouraged to post their well wishes on Sarah’s Facebook page.

Props to Smith for getting on board with the STAY STRONG SARAH movement. That’s a sign of a company that cares about their athletes!


Lead photo of Sarah holding her feature in OUTSIDE magazine via shaywill.com.



Nike Open – Winter Dew Tour Info


The Winter Dew Tour, in its fourth season, takes place this week in Breckenridge, Colorado. This winter action sports tour consists of three events over three months. Each tour stop includes snowboard superpipe & slopestyle as well as freeski slopestyle & superpipe.

 

The Dew Tour will bring out some of the biggest names in women’s winter sports. Kelly Clark was a dominate Hardbody on the contest circuit last year and look for her to continue her winning ways again this year. Veterans’ Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter have their sights set on the winners circle and don’t be surprised if they are on the podium once again.

The full schedule of events for the Nike Open is as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 15th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
9:15 AM – 1:15 PM – Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Men’s Freeski Superpipe Qualifier
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM – Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier

Friday, Dec. 16th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM – Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final

Saturday, Dec. 17th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final
2:00 PM – 2:40 PM – Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Nike Chosen One Rail Jam / Yelawolf Concert at the River Walk

Sunday, Dec. 18th – Festival Village Opens at 9:00AM
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM – Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final

For additional Winter Dew Tour event information, visit www.Allisports.com.   Visit the Dew Tour Facebook page and follow @thedewtour on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the latest Winter Dew Tour action.

Complete 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Nike Open
Dec. 15-18, 2011
Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Pantech Invitational
Jan. 19-22, 2012
Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championships
Feb. 9-12, 2012
Snowbasin Resort – Ogden,Utah



X-Games Medalist Jen Hudak – Unplug to Recharge


Jen Hudak, a 25 year-old skier, has five Winter X-game medals to her credit and her sights on the Olympics. Jen has also been victorious at the US Open, US Nationals, Dew Tour and more. She’s battle through injuries and managed to find an inner peace many people twice her age seek yet never reach. Jen ventured to Japan where she embarked on an “epic adventure” with incredible amounts of snow. In a video recently shared on ESPN.com Jen said something quite profound…

Jen Hudak:
“I’m completely unplugged and that’s the best way to fully recharge.”

How awesome is that? Think about it. That’s a hardbody state of mind.

Check out this video from Jen’s trip to Japan. Pretty sic.

Jen Hudak “Moving Mountains” Episode 3 – Solitude from NEU PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

Find out more about Jen on her website: http://jenhudak.com

Lead image via neuproductions video linked above.



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