Jake Canter & Mitsuki Ono Win 2018 Burton U·S·Open Junior Jam Presented by Clif Bar
levels were at an all time high as the 2018 Junior Jam kicked off the first day
of competition at the 36th Annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships.
The field featured 24 of the top boys and girls halfpipe riders ages 14 and
under competing in a best run format. Vail’s 22-foot halfpipe was in perfect
form under bluebird skies, calm winds and cool temps. First place went to two
extremely consistent 14-year-olds—Mitsuki Ono (JPN) successfully defended her
girls title for a second year, while Colorado local Jake Canter (USA) took the
title for the boys. With these wins, Ono and Canter have earned a spot to
compete against the pros in Thursday’s halfpipe semi-finals.
Girls Junior Jam defending champion, Mitsuki Ono (JPN), earned the top two girl’s scores of the day with a winning score of 84.50. Ono’s riding showed off her impressive pipe skills, dropping in switch with a run that included a frontside 540 tailgrab and a backside 540. Ono is looking forward to stomping her run in the semi-finals alongside her heroes Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark. 2016 Burton U·S·Open Junior Jam winner Tessa Maud (USA) out of Mammoth Lakes, California took second place, followed by Kinsley White (USA) in third.
14-year-old Mitsuki Ono rode clean and consistent to defend her Junior Jam title.
Jake Canter (USA), hailing from nearby Evergreen, Colorado, had a huge crew of friends and family cheering him on as he took the lead on his first run with a score of 87.75, topping that score on his second run with a 89.49, posting the top two scores of the day. His winning run included solid airtime paired with technical tricks including a frontside 720 tailgrab and back-to-back 900s. Canter is hoping to land a frontside 1080 in semi-finals and is excited to be competing alongside Ben Ferguson. Twelve-year-old Valentino Guseli (AUS) held onto his second place standing for the second year, while Kyotaro Tanaka (JPN) took third.
Hard to believe Jake Canter is only 14 years old. Blasting on his way to winning the boy’s title.
The Junior Jam marked an incredible exposure opportunity for these young riders with the entire contest broadcast live around the world, including special guest commentary by PyeongChang Olympic standout Ben Ferguson (USA). Additionally, the winners of the Clif Bar ‘Raise the Bar’ award, rewarding two athletes for the best trick of the day’s competition, went to Tessa Maud for her frontside 720 stalefish and Kyotaro Tanaka for his frontside inverted 900 tail grab.
Girl’s Halfpipe Junior Jam Results
1. Mitsuki Ono (JPN), 84.50
2. Tessa Maud (USA), 77.24
3. Kinsley White (USA), 75.00
Boy’s Halfpipe Junior Jam Results
1. Jake Canter (USA), 89.49
2. Valentino Guseli (AUS), 87.62
3. Kyotaro Tanaka (JPN), 84.50
Competition continues tomorrow Wednesday, March
7th, with the men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals on Vail’s Golden Peak with PyeongChang
Olympic medalists including Jamie Anderson (USA), Red Gerard (USA), Mark
McMorris (CAN), Anna Gasser (AUT) and Sebastien Toutant (CAN) among others
competing to earn a spot in Friday’s slopestyle finals.
There’s never a dull moment at the Burton U·S·Open. So tune in, buckle up, and hang on, because this is sure to be a wild ride. Keep your eyes on the BurtonUSOpen.com and the Burton U·S·Open app for daily updates on the competition, concert and entertainment schedule, live broadcasts, special events, and all that’s going on this week in Vail, Colorado.