Chloe Kim & Ayumu Hirano Win 2018 Burton U·S·Open Halfpipe Titles
Chloe Kim (USA) and Ayumu Hirano (JPN) earned the U·S·Open halfpipe titles at the 36th annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships adding their names to the legendary list of winners. It was an incredible day of halfpipe riding as the field of 10 men and six women competed in Vail’s 22-foot halfpipe in a best of three-run finals format.
Two-time Olympic Halfpipe silver medalist Ayumu Hirano took the win in a heated men’s finals field. This is Ayumu’s first win at the Burton U·S·Open, but not his first time on the podium—he previously placed second in 2013 behind Shaun White and third in 2015. Ayumu blasted through the pipe landing high on the tranny and absolutely charging into each trick—starting off with a huge Indy, into a frontside double cork 1440 Indy, switch frontside double cork 1080 Indy, frontside double cork 1260 Indy, ending with a backside double cork 1260 mute for a score of 89.62.
Ayumu Hirano sending it to the top of the podium.
Ayumu says, “The Burton U·S·Open is one of the first international contests I’ve ever come to, so I have a lot of feelings toward this contest. And coming back from last year’s injury it’s definitely a big win for me here. I’m stoked.”
Raibu Katayama (JPN) landed in second place with an 86.75 and Scotty James (AUS) took third with a 83.62.
In the women’s field, Chloe Kim successfully defended her title for a third year in a row following her incredible gold medal win at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Kim kept the crowd on their toes, strategically revising her tricks to nail her final run linking up a huge backside air, into a frontside 1080 tail, switch frontside 720 Indy, frontside 900 tail, ending with a McTwist Indy for a top score of 85.87.
Kim says, “I feel like I was really pushing myself today. I had the best practice, landing solid back-to-back 10s. I was hoping I could put it down here in the contest, but I had to take a step back and play it a little safe.”
Coming off her huge win in PyeongChang and the ensuing media appearances, Kim was excited at the opportunity to defend her Burton U·S·Open title, she said, “I love this contest. There’s just so many smiles on everyone’s faces here. It’s always the most fun contest of the season.”
Chloe Kim was out in full force to defend her title.
Maddie Mastro (USA) took second place with a score of 82.99, kicking off her run with a massive frontside 900 Indy, and Haruna Matsumoto (JPN) landed in third with a score of 78.25. Not only did Matsumoto land her first 1080 in competition today, she also takes the honor of becoming the first female Japanese rider to stand on the podium at the Burton U·S·Open.
Clif Bar awarded the Clif ‘Raise the Bar’ Awards rewarding creativity and style by spotlighting the best throwback trick in the halfpipe. Benjamin Ferguson (USA) won the men’s award with his Indy air-to-fakie on the first hit of the pipe. Kelly Clark (USA) won the award for the women with her stylish tuck knee frontside air.
The Burton U·S·Open party culminates tonight starting at 6:00pm MST with the Halfpipe Awards on the Solaris Concert Stage, followed by the free Burton Concert Series featuring Grammy award winning performer Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The Late Night Live Music lineup features Brothers Keeper w/ Special Guest Dean Ween at 10:00pm MST at Shakedown Bar.
The night continues with the After Party at Dobson Ice Arena featuring DJ Hedspin, Deejay Theory and DJ Cre8 from 9:30pm – 1:00am MST. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Burton Pop-Up store and flagship stores in Vail Village and Lionshead.
Women’s Halfpipe Finals Results
1. Chloe Kim (USA), 85.87
2. Maddie Mastro (USA), 82.99
3. Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), 78.75
4. Xuetong Cai (CHN), 78.25
5. Kelly Clark (USA), 75.25
6. Jiayu Liu (CHN), 30.37
Men’s Halfpipe Finals Results
1. Ayumu Hirano (JPN), 89.62
2. Raibu Katayama (JPN), 86.75
3. Scotty James (AUS), 83.62
4. Benjamin Ferguson (USA), 83.24
5. Pat Burgener (SUI), 82.62
6. Jake Pates (USA), 74.62
7. Derek Livingston, (CAN), 67.99
8. Naito Ando, (JPN), 66.50
9. Chase Josey (USA), 39.00
10. Jan Scherrer (SUI), 31.87