The action is heating up in the cold and snowy Rocky Mountains as the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships is underway from Golden Peak in Vail, Colorado, at least for the ladies that is.
The Men’s Slopestyle Semifinals were postponed due to inclement weather in the afternoon.
Despite nearly a foot of fresh snow overnight, the Ladies’ Slopestyle Semifinals went off without a hitch this morning. American rider Jamie Anderson was the last rider to take her first run and she was the only competitor to crack the 80-point mark. Anderson put together an absolutely masterful run that began with a Half Cab 50-50 into a seamless series of Switch Boardslides, Tailslide 270s, a monstrous backside 180 off the first kicker followed by Cab 540 mute grab before stomping a picture-perfect Frontside 720 with another mute grab.
The judges rewarded her with a 48.30 (50 is the max) Trick Score to go along with a 36.60 Flow Score for Semifinals’ best 84.90
The Netherlands’ Cheryl Maas used her second run (76.80) and a big Backside 720 tail grab to vault into second place. Canadian rider Spencer O’Brien was a couple points off the pace qualifying third with a 74.95.
Friday’s Slopestyle Finals begin at 11:30 am mountain time and will include the three riders mentioned above along with the fourth through sixth place finishers from today’s action.
Ladies Slopestyle Semifinals Results
1. Jamie Anderson (USA) 84.90
2. Cheryl Mass (NED) 76.80
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN) 74.95
4. Anna Gasser (AUT) 71.75
5. Sina Candrian (SUI) 67.80
6. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) 61.20
Readers and snowboarding fans can watch all of the action at Burton.com/USOpen via live stream or on-demand.
Jamie Anderson enters Friday’s Slopestyle Finals as the clear-cut favorite, but anything can happen with varying conditions and the spontaneity that is the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.
Here’s the video of Anderson’s 2014 gold medal-winning run at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.