Jamie Anderson and Sven Thorgren Qualify First in 2017 Burton U·S·Open Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Anticipation was through the roof for the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, which kicked off today with slopestyle semi-finals in perfect conditions at Vail Mountain. Jamie Anderson of California and Sven Thorgren of Sweden took the top spots leading the field of six women and 10 men who will advance to Friday’s slopestyle finals.
Jamie Anderson cruising through women's slopestyle semi-finals.
Five-time Burton U.S. Open Slopestyle Champion Anderson took the lead on her first run and held it throughout the two run semi-finals. Her first run was flawless, combining technical tricks on the upper rail section with a trio of 540s—backside Indy, Cab and a huge switch backside 540 on the final hit for a top score of 80.55. Anderson looks to face heavy competition in finals from second place finisher Anna Gasser of Austria who rode strong throughout with a second run that included a gigantic backside 720. Canada’s Spencer O’Brien took the third spot earning a 77.10.
Roope Tonteri during men's slopestyle semi-finals.
The stacked men’s field featured nonstop shakeups right to the very end as the 32 men competed for the coveted 10 spots in Friday’s finals. Thorgren put down a technical, trick-heavy second run to take the top spot, earning a score of 80.60 with moves that included a frontside 270 on in the first rail section and a stylish 50-50 backside Rodeo out in the jump section. Two-time Burton U.S. Open slopestyle title holder Mark McMorris nailed both runs including a backside triple cork 1440 melon and a Cab double cork 1260 Indy to earn a second-place score of 79.70. Fellow Canadian Michael Ciccarelli took third place with a score of 78.40.
Mark McMorris on his way to a second place finish in semi-finals.
Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
1. Jamie Anderson (USA), 80.55
2. Anna Gasser (AUT), 79.60
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN), 77.10
4. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), 74.00
5. Julia Marino (USA), 70.90
6. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), 70.05
Men’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
1. Sven Thorgren (SWE), 80.60
2. Mark McMorris (CAN), 79.70
3. Michael Ciccarelli (CAN), 78.40
4. Mons Roisland (NOR), 76.55
5. Brandon Davis (USA), 74.90
6. Sebbe De Buck (BEL), 73.85
7. Redmond Gerard (USA), 72.30
8. Sebastien Toutant (CAN), 71.05
9. Stale Sandbech (NOR), 69.65
10. Chris Corning (USA), 69.50
Tonight the action continues with the U.S. Open Broomball Tournament and happy hour presented by Pacifico at the Solaris Ice Rink from 4:00–5:00pm MST, followed by the Junior Jam Awards on the Solaris Concert Stage. The Burton U.S. Open Live Music Lineup follows featuring the stripped down, foot-stomping blues of LA-based trio The Record Company; also out of LA, the buzzy underground indie-pop duo the Oyster Kids; plus Burlington, Vermont’s own DJ Cre8 from 7:00–9:30 pm MST on the Solaris Concert Stage. The Chill Foundation will also be hosting a fundraising event from 8:30–10:30pm MST at the Bo Bridges Gallery in Vail Village.
Competition continues tomorrow March 2 with the women’s and men’s halfpipe semi-finals on Vail’s Golden Peak with defending halfpipe champions Shaun White and Chloe Kim up against a packed field including nine-time U.S. Open Champion Kelly Clark, 2017 X Games Gold Medalists Scotty James and Elena Hight, as well as past podium finishers including Taku Hiraoka, Danny Davis, Ayumu Hirano and Arielle Gold.
For details on all things U.S. Open including the live webcasts, follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to BurtonUSOpen.com or download the Burton U.S. Open app. You’ll find a full list of invited riders, plus info on the FREE concert lineup, product demos, Burton Girls happenings, Kids Learn To Ride events, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world.