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The weekend kicked off with the 'Mark McMorris vs Shaun White' show in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle finals. Both had been consistently throwing triple corks during their practice runs but when it came down to crunch time, it was Mark McMorris ending up on top with a near flawless run. Check it out below.
The ladies followed the men with the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle. Once again, it was Jamie Anderson bringing home the gold throwing a big cab 7 in the middle of her run.
The women’s Snowboard Pipe Finals saw the first double cork in a women’s pipe comp with Elena Hight’s ally-oop double backside rodeo, pretty amazing. However, the double cork was only good enough for Silver. It was Kelly Clark’s huge airs and smooth style that earned the Gold.
The highlight Saturday was the Ski Big Air Finals. Competitors were throwing triple corks like they going out of style. Skullcandy fan favorite Bobby Brown was able to put down a huge triple cork 1440 and a switch double misty during the finals. Henrik Harlaut took gold with a never been done before nose butter triple cork 1620. Also note: Park City boy Alex Schlopy was throwing triple cork 1980’s during the qualifying round. Look for him to put that down in competition real soon.
Our boy Bobby Brown was back at it Sunday morning in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final. His best run included a damn near perfect rail section and three double corks including his signature switch double misty. It was 18 year old Nick Goepper taking Gold with a nice hand drag over the rainbow rail and four double corks through the jump section.
After the boys finished up the skies cleared and the sun came out for the girls to drop. Kaya Turski was going for the 3-peat but it was rookie X Games athlete Tiiril Sjåstad Christiansen hailing from Norway who stomped the winning run with her clean style and huge 9 on the money booter. Kaya and Dara Howell rounded out the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The comp was unfortunately marked with a couple of serious crashes, sending lots of healing vibes out to Rose Battersby and Ashley Battersby!
The big finale was the Men’s Snowboard Pipe Finals. Of course the favorite was Shaun White and he did not disappoint. Shaun kicked off his insane run with a monster 24 foot backside air and ended up with a 98.00. The story of the night though was little 14 year old Japanese ripper Ayumu Hirano. Ayumu earned the fans respect real quick with some monster airs and an insane style. He ended up in second with a 92.33, look out for this kid in the next few months.
Sean's Winning Run