Spencer O’Brien and Mark McMorris win 6Star Burton US Open Slopestyle contest

Vail, Colorado – March 1st 2013

Mark McMorris and Spencer O’Brien won the 31st annual 6Star Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain, taking home $45,000 each and 2013 Slopestyle Championship Titles from the sport’s most legendary event.

While snow fell steadily all day and slowed down the course, the contest level remained high with competitors working hard under tough conditions. Mark McMorris took his first ever US Open men’s Slopestyle victory with a top run that included a MINI wallride to gap to lipslide, gap to backside lipslide, double backflip indy grab, frontside 1080 mute grab, to a backside 1080 mute grab. Mark’s win today made him the World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle Champion 2013, and he will claim his trophy at the award ceremony after the Halfpipe finals here in Vail tomorrow. ”I didn’t know that I won the Tour Championship until I was told in the interview straight after the final, but it’s a real honour to get this award, it means you’re consistent over the season and that gives confidence. I am happy! Winning the US Open is one of the highlights from my season and I think everyone is psyched to see it in Vail,” said Mark McMorris. “Conditions were a little rough but I had a fast pace and these are the best jumps ever built in Slopestyle. I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had and to be sharing the podium with my good friends is really fun.’’

Coming in second was Torstein Horgmo (NOR), who arguably had the best rail trick of the day, and rounding out the podium in third was Chas Guldemond (USA). In total, 12 men from six different countries competed in Vail’s first-ever US Open Slopestyle finals.

Men’s Slopestyle Final Results:

1. Mark McMorris CAN, BURTON, 83.05
2. Torstein Horgmo NOR, DC SHOE CO, 82.53
3. Chas Guldemond USA, ROCKSTAR, 81.63

Due to increasingly adverse weather conditions for safe Slopestyle competition throughout the afternoon, a joint decision was made between athletes and event organizers to cancel women’s Slopestyle finals. Therefore, the top three women from Slopestyle semi-finals podiumed, landing Spencer O’Brien with top honors, Jamie Anderson (USA) in second place and Brooke Voigt (CAN) in third.

“I’m happy that our safety was considered in today’s cancellation,” said Spencer O’Brien. “Lucky for me, I was first in semis so I’m stoked with the win.”

Women’s Slopestyle Final Results:

1. Spencer O’Brien CAN, NIKE, 75.33
2. Jamie Anderson USA, BILLABONG, 74.88
3. Brooke Voigt CAN, 32 SNOWBOARD BOOTS, 70.08

And with these latest standings, Sarka Pancochova (CZE) claims two titles this season. She is the World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle and Overall Champion.

Tomorrow, World Snowboard Tour Champions Sarka and Mark will be crowned, as well as the Women’s World Snowboard Tour Halfpipe Champion. Stay tuned for the battle between current Halfpipe Champion Kelly Clark and youngster Arielle Gold. Arielle still has a chance beating Kelly with a win, provided that Kelly comes in 4th or lower….

For more information go to www.worldsnowboardtour.com

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