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The 5Star Burton Canadian Open wrapped up yesterday at the Winsport Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta with men's and women's slopestyle finals. American riders, Sam Hulbert and Jamie Anderson walked away victorious in the slopestyle format and at Friday’s halfpipe competition it was Kohei Kudo (JAP) and Kelly Clark (USA) who finished in first. The winners all took home a sizable portion of the $50,000 USD prize purse and 850 Swatch TTR World Ranking points. With her success in the slopestyle competition, Jamie reclaims the TTR tour lead for the women and if she attends the remaining 6Star events, she has an excellent chance to take the 2010/11 TTR World Tour Champion title.
Jamie Anderson, slopestyle © Jeff Patterson
SLOPESTYLE: Jamie Takes Back World No. 1, Silvia Mittermueller Moves to World No. 4
It was an overcast day with some light snow in the afternoon at the Canada Olympic Park and the uphill wind was a bit of a challenge, but the riders were undeterred and had a great competition. The slopestyle course was made up of five rails at the top and three jumps at the bottom. Jamie Anderson dominated in the women's field and took back her World No. 1 position from Cilka Sadar (SLO), who had the lead after finishing second in Friday’s halfpipe competition. Jamie was untouchable in the slopestyle finals and won with a run made up of a boardslide, a boardslide 270 out, 50-50 tail press and a 50-50 to frontside boardslide in the rail section. She then put down a frontside 360, a stylish backside 180 and a switch backside 540 on the jump line. German rider, Silvia Mittermueller, took second place and moved into World No. 4 and young American, Ty Walker, took third place and is now sitting in World No. 9 at only 13-years old. Jamie was pumped on her win today and is looking forward to going after the Swatch TTR Tour Champion title saying, "I'm extremely stoked to take another win here at the Canadian Open. And, I'm definitely heading to the Arctic Challenge and then the US Open. I would love to grab the title and do as good as I can for the rest of the winter."
Sam Hulbert, slopestyle © Jeff Patterson
In the men's competition, Sam Hulbert had the winning run of the day which consisted of a fontside 180 to switch 50-50, frontside boardslide, boardslide to 270 and a 50-50 to backside 360 in the rail section. He then threw a switch backside 900, frontside 1080 and finished with a backside 720 on the jump line. Behind Sam was Canadian Zak Stone, in second place and fellow Canadian, Francis Bourgeois, in third.
HALFPIPE: Clarke and Kudo Take the Burton Canadian Open Halfpipe Titles
Japanese rider, Kohei Kudo showed big airs and smooth style to take his first major Swatch TTR title of his career. He won with a run that consisted of a backside 540, frontside 1080, Haakon flip, frontside 900 and finished with a backside 900. Behind Kohei was young gun, Scotty James (AUS), who has been turning heads this season and Christian Haller (SUI) finished in third and now sits in TTR World No. 2.
Kelly Clark, halfpipe © Jeff Patterson
On the women’s side, Kelly Clark took another win for the season with her signature big airs in the pipe. Kelly sealed the win with an excellent run throwing down a frontside air, backside 540, frontside 720, Cab 720, and a frontside 540. Cilka Sadar rode well to take second place moving her into TTR World No.2 and Canadian Mercedes Nicolls rounded out the podium in third place. Clark has moved up in the TTR tour ranking quite dramatically over the past month, and is now placed World No. 8. “I had a great week here in Canada and I’m really excited that the Mammoth Grand Prix is a 5Star TTR event. I’ll need that finish as well as the US Open to round out my finishes for the year”, she commented after the event.
News from the Other Side of the World at the 6Star Billabong Air & Style
In other TTR World Tour news, the 6Star Billabong Air & Style wrapped up today in Innsbruck, Austria where Canadian, Mark McMorris, took the win boosting his position in the rankings to World No. 5. And reigning TTR Tour Champion, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), took second place to reclaim the World No. 1 position. Check out all the action from the Burton Canadian Open and the Billabong Air & Style at www.ttrworldtour.com where new videos and photos will be posted.