Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California (March 21, 2010) – Ellery Hollingsworth returned to the Burton U.S. Open of Snowboarding podium with a repeat third place finish in halfpipe this weekend. The 18-year-old charger started her run with an inverted trick catching the crowd’s attention then held it with big spins the rest of the way down the pipe. As a graduate of the Stratton Mountain School, the New England-native had the opportunity to train on Stratton’s halfpipe during her formative years.
“This has been an exciting year to be involved in snowboarding,” explains Hollingsworth. “To finish up this winter back on the podium at the Open in front of so many of my friends and family feels so good. Kelly and the girls have been riding well and consistently and I’m happy to be part of the crew pushing women’s snowboarding to new heights.”
Photo Courtesy of Shem Roose
For Ellery’s first hit she chose to throw the Michalchuk, a backflip while spinning 540, which won her the Kodak Best Trick award. She followed it up with a frontside 360, cab 700, frontside 700. Her last hit finished the run with another bang, a solid cab 900, accomplished by riding switch into the hit and then pulling two and a half rotations. At only 15-years-old, Ellery became the first female to land a backside 900 in contest at the 2007 Lake Placid US Snowboard Cup quarterpipe competition. Raising the bar again, she landed the first 1080 by a woman in the Superpipe last year.