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Apparently the US Open is going on right now? Seems early, no? Anyway, if you’re into that sort of thing, here’s the official recap of today, and if you’re really interested, it’s being live webcast every day. Sounds like a great excuse to play our US Open drinking game at your desk.
Stratton Mountain, VT (March 9, 2011) Temperatures dipped to a frigid low today at Stratton Mountain, but that didn’t keep the competition from heating up in the men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals at the 29th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Ten men and six women advanced to the US Open slopestyle finals, which take place this Friday, March 11th.
The big news from today’s competition is that Jamie Anderson qualified in first place, so she has officially secured the women’s TTR World Tour Championship title by amassing the most TTR points for the season. Spencer O’Brien, Silje Norendal, Enni Rukajarvi, Jordie Karlinski and Kjersti Buaas also earned a spot in the women’s slopestyle finals.
On the men’s side, Eric Willet led the field after nailing his first run, consisting of a 270 to boardslide, backside tailside 450 out, Cab double cork 900, tailside 270 out, frontside 900 tail grab and capped with a switch backside double cork 1080. Also advancing to the men’s slopestyle finals are Mark McMorris, Chas Guldemond, Torgeir Bergrem, Jeremy Thompson, Emil UIlsletten, Ulrik Badertscher, Jason Dubois, Janne Korpi and Sondre Tiller.
Tomorrow holds no shortage of action at the US Open, as the top men and women take to the halfpipe for semi-finals.
If you can’t make it to Stratton, check out four days of live webcasts starting today on burton.com or metacafe.com. The US Open, presented by MINI, will also air on ESPN2 on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
2011 US Open Competition & Entertainment Schedule
Thursday, March 10 — Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 11 — Slopestyle Finals; The Jam Finals & FREE ‘Flosstradamus’ show
Saturday, March 12 — Halfpipe Finals & FREE performance by ‘The Sounds’
Sunday, March 13 — Junior Jam