Yesterday was a good day for Chas Guldemond, 2011 European Winter X Games champion, as he took home the gold for men’s slopestyle finals and won the overall Ticket To Ride World Champion title in Oslo, Norway.
“It’s unbelievable! I was sure of myself and I knew what I had to do. It was a beautiful course and I was having a good time. I did a switch backside 1260 and that was the first time I landed it, ever. I am so psyched,” Guldemond said of his impressive run.
His final run gave him the push he needed to top the podium with an 87.9, just taking out Sebastien Toutant with an 86.8. Needless to say, it was an exciting competition for everyone involved to the very end.
There was some worry about the weather today after yesterday’s pipe finals, but there was definite improvement albeit a drop in temperature making the course slick.
Guldemond’s performance was certainly not hindered by the less-than-perfect conditions. Other Americans took no heed of the weather, either. Eric Beauchemin ended in fourth and Tyler Flanagan, seventh. Jamie Anderson from South Lake Tahoe took second place in the women’s competition with Jordie Karlinski and Ty Walker both placing in the top ten.
Don’t miss the next fight to the finish at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, February 29 – March 3. If you can’t make it out to the mountain, head to www.usnowboarding.com for the next best thing. They will air a live broadcast of the event.