Anderson takes second in U.S. Open slopestyle
VAIL, Colo. – Mark McMorris of Canada has won the men’s slopestyle competition in snowy conditions at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships.
McMorris held off Norway’s Torstein Horgmo on Friday as the competition moved out west to Vail, Colo., this season after a 30-year run in Vermont. Chas Guldemond of Reno, Nev., finished third.
With the weather conditions steadily deteriorating for the women’s competition, the athletes and organizers elected to cancel the event. Spencer O’Brien of Canada was awarded top honors as a result of turning in the best run during the semifinals. Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was second.
Anderson, who took home a $20,000 prize, said it became obvious during practice runs Friday that competing would be dangerous. She said at the beginning of practice, the girls “could almost clear the jumps,” but conditions quickly deteriorated.
The weather cleared up Saturday in time fro Shaun White to defended his title at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships. He easily won the competition with a flawless performance through a sun-splashed halfpipe
White went big in his opening run, holding little back, and only got better on his second pass when he turned in the high score of 95.58 points. Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano finished second and Louie Vito of Sandy, Utah, took third.
Kelly Clark won the women’s competition on Saturday. It marked her her sixth halfpipe title, the most in the history of the competition.
Clark’s electric opening run earned a score of 84.45 points and she edged Hannah Teter by 2.32. Arielle Gold, an up-and-coming 16-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Colo., finished third.