Hight third in U.S. Grand Prix
Elena Hight didn’t let her first Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix final become intimidating Saturday in Breckenridge, Colo.
The 13-year-old snowboarder from Zephyr Cove used a front-side 900 to take home third place and $2,700 in prize money.
Hight, a Heavenly Foundation competitor in previous seasons, has moved to the Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, Vt., to ride this season. She set the bar for the women with a smooth front-side 900 in her second run, ensuring her third-place finish.
It was a family affair for Hannah Teter and her older brother Elija, as the two Belmont, Vt., snowboarders earned podium finishes.
Hannah, 15, won her second Chevy Grand Prix in a row, while Elijah, 18, finished runner-up for the men.
“I was just having a lot of fun today, that’s when I ride the best,” said the younger Teter, who earned a $10,000 pay day.
Breckenridge team rider Chad Otterstrom, who threw together back-to-back 900’s to win the men’s superpipe event, also took home $10,000 for his first-place finish. Rob Kingwill of Jackson Hole, Wyo., finished third, taking home $2,500.
On the women’s side, Gretchen Bleiler, from Snowmass Village, Colo., nailed her first “crippler” in competition not once, but twice for the second-place finish, matching her result from Park City.
The back-to-back wins firmly plants Hannah in the overall Grand Prix lead with a new Chevy Truck on the line for both the men’s and women’s series winners. “My goal for this year is to win the Chevy truck,” said the ’02 Junior World halfpipe champion. “I turn 16 on Jan. 27 so it would be a good birthday present.”
A snowboarding family, both Hannah and Elijah say they get their style from older brother and pro rider Abe.
“All three of us competed in Breckenridge for the Triple Crown,” said Elijah, the men’s ’02 Junior World halfpipe champion. “It would have been cool if Abe could have been here today, but it’s great to see Hannah do so well and then to take second myself was fun.”
For Otterstrom it was just another day in the pipe.
“I’m pretty excited to win at home,” said Otterstrom, who qualified seventh going into Saturday’s event. “I just went out there and put together my best run and landed everything.”
The Breckenridge stop of the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix will air on NBC at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 with the Yahoo! Big Air and Style exhibition televised on ESPN on Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m.
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