Jamie Anderson sits atop TTR rankings
October 27, 2008
If you have followed the world of professional freestyle snowboarding the last few seasons, you’ve probably heard of Truckee super-shredder Chas Guldemond.
A contest killer for the past three years, Guldemond’s all-around terrain park prowess has placed him on podium after podium, including results in major pro contests this past summer that have left him standing especially proud.
Guldemond is currently the top-ranked freestyle snowboarder in the Swatch TTR (Ticket to Ride) World Snowboard Tour, the sport’s most prestigious international standings.
Joining Guldemond at the top of the world is fellow Tahoe ripper, South Shore’s Jamie Anderson. Coming off four first-place finishes in in Australia and New Zealand, the Sierra-at-Tahoe rider has held the top spot in the Swatch TTR women’s rankings for the past two months.
Mostly known as the best women’s slopestyle rider in the world, Anderson showed her diversity in August by capturing her first major halfpipe competition in New Zealand to complete a sweep of the Burton Global Open Series and the Swatch TTR events.
The 18-year-old Anderson, though, has been a household name for years.
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She was the youngest Winter X Games participant in the event’s history in 2004 at 13, was the youngest medalist in 2006 at 15 and the youngest gold medalist in the event’s history in 2007 at 16.
Guldemond, though, is relatively new to the scene, but his star is shining brighter with each passing winter.
Although he’s now back at home in Glenshire and training hard for the upcoming winter, Guldemond had a very eventful summer en route to becoming the TTR series leader. He first grabbed the top spot late July at the New Zealand Open, but not before knocking himself unconscious for a few minutes in the halfpipe contest.
“I rode really well the first day in New Zealand and got third place in the slopestyle comp,” Guldemond said. “The halfpipe contest was the next day and I remember having a great semifinal run, but the next thing I knew I was going down the mountain in an ambulance.”
A flat landing on a Cab 1080 knocked Guldemond unconscious for nearly five minutes. Despite the major concussion, Guldemond’s slopestyle podium finish gave him the points necessary to take over as the TTR points leader.
Guldemond returned to Truckee after the injury, but he headed to Australia to defend his position at three more contests: Oakley Style Wars, the Boost Mobile SnoSho and the Australian Open.
Having been back in the country for a month now, Guldemond has been training in the gym and the skatepark. He’ll need all the practice he can get in the coming weeks, as his next TTR title defense will be on Dec. 1 at the Canadian Open.
Immediately after that, he’ll be ripping with the absolute superstars of snowboarding in front of 70,000 fans at the Nissan X-Trail Jam in on Dec. 15 in Tokyo.
“Anything can happen. I got 1440s, other guys have double-corked tricks. It will all come down to what you can land on that given day,” Guldemond said. “Hopefully I’ll be unstoppable.”
” Tribune sports writer Jeremy Evans contributed to this report.
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