Inside the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships
What Japanese rider Yuki Kadono did during his third and final run during the Men’s Slopestyle Finals at the Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado on Friday afternoon won’t be soon forgotten.
Kadono landed the first ever backside triple cork 1620 to switch backside triple cork 1620 in snowboarding competition history and the moment wasn’t lost on competitors or the hordes of snowboarding enthusiasts and spectators packing the finish area at Golden Peak on another gorgeous day in Colorado.
The jubilant crowd erupted as Kadono stomped his landing and raised his arms in celebration. The finalists and other Burton riders that had gathered near the finish area to watch the conclusion of the Slopestyle Finals rushed to Kadono and lifted him victoriously into the air. Kadono admitted later that he had never even tried those tricks back-to-back before, but he had made his mind up that’s what it would take to win US Open Slopestyle Gold. The impact of landing the second 1620 resulted in a chipped tooth for Kadono but he was all smiles afterward
Canada’s Mark McMorris looked like a strong bet to win his third-consecutive Slopestyle at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships before Kadono wowed the judges and left a lasting impression on the state of snowboarding. McMorris was the last rider to drop in on the third and final run, but whether it was feeling the pressure after seeing Kadono throw down his history-making run or simply making a mistake while trying to clean up a few minor mistakes from his second attempt, he fell to his heels after failing to spot his landing during a frontside triple on the second jump.
Snowboarding and Slopestyle are evolving and the young guns are leading the way. Kadono is only 18, which may explain his no-fear approach to tossing back-to-back 16’s, but his 90.05 score won gold while McMorris at 21 was the ‘elder statesman’ podium finisher and was joined on the podium by fellow countryman, nineteen-year old Tyler Nicholson who threw down his best-ever run to earn bronze.
The 2015 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships conclude today from Golden Peak in Vail with Ladies’ and Men’s Halfpipe Finals. Check out the live stream at Burton.com/USOpen then follow @Pat_Whitehurst and @FanRagSports for live updates, rider and fan interviews along with expert insight and glances into all of the festivities from The World’s Greatest Snowboarding Event.
2015 Burton US Open Men’s Slopestyle Final Results
1. Yuki Kadono, (JPN) 90.05
2. Mark McMorris, (CAN) 87.80
3. Tyler Nicholson, (CAN) 77.20
4. Sven Thorgren, (SWE) 76.80
5. Niklas Mattsson, (SWE) 75.30
6. Eric Beauchemin, (USA) 71.70
7. Torstein Horgmo, (NOR) 68.10
8. Mons Roisland, (NOR) 63.60
9. Stale Sandbech, (NOR) 59.20
10. Seppe Smits, (BEL) 36.75