Torah Bright (AUS) won the US Open Halfpipe comp and Kjersti Buaas (NOR) bagged the Slopestyle title.
The event brought some big changes in the Women’s TTR Top 5. Lisa Wiik (NOR) finished in ninth place today moving her into World No. 2 behind current Tour leader Jamie Anderson (USA). Sarka Pancochova (CZE) moved into World No. 3, and Kelly Clark (USA) snuck into World No. 5.
The halfpipe finals were close right up until the third and final drops with Kjersti Oestgaard-Buaas, Ellery Hollingsworth, Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark all stepping things up. Clark seemed to have a firm grasp on first place after her first run but a big surprise came from Torah Bright on her third and final run. Bright had some big trouble on her first two attempts but took first place with her last run that included a 720 Indy, Crippler, Backside 360 Indy, a sick Switch Backside 720 and a Backside 540. U.S. rider Ellery Hollingsworth rounded out the women’s podium in third.
“It feels good,” said Torah after standing atop the podium. “It feels good. I only just realized that this was the first Open that I ‘ve done all year and TTR event. So I am just happy to be here, in one piece and put together this good run and won.”
Due to incredibly inconsistent snow conditions on the day of the slopestyle contest, the girls had tough time finding enough speed on the course, and a sudden snowstorm in the middle of the finals didn’t help things out one bit. Jenna Meyen-Weatherby although qualifying first was unable to compete in the finals due to an injury during practice, paving the way for the remaining female contenders. After two runs that had her sitting in the middle of the pack, Kjersti Oestgaard-Buaas was able to take the Slopestyle Title and $20 000 USD with her third and final run that consisted of a Nosepress, 50-50 to 180 out, Cab 540 Indy, Backside 360 Indy, Frontside 360 Stalefish and a sick Frontside 720 mute.
“It feels amazing,” said Kjersti. “I don’t know what to say. I never expect to win anything, especially not today because I was struggling with my shoulder popping out all the time. Yeah, I am really stoked to land that run I did because I never did that before.”
British rider Jenny Jones stuck a sick first run that held her up for second place followed by U.S competitor Chanelle Sladics finished third. Although the men’s TTR season has concluded, the race for the women’s Swatch TTR Tour rages on with one final event, the 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam. The US Open saw some big changes in the women’s Top 10 with Lisa Wiik (NOR), Sarka Pnacochova (CZE), Silvia Mittermueller (GER), Kelly Clark (USA), Sina Candrian (SUI), Ellery Hollingsoworth, and Cheryl Maas all rearranging the current TTR ranks. Surprisingly, Kjersti Oestgaard-Buaas, who currently sits in World No. 11, has a chance with her US Open Slopestyle win to take that No. 1 spot away from Jamie Anderson, making for an epic female showdown in Mammoth Lakes, California.