Big news from Stratton Mountain today. The 30th anniversary of Burton’s US Open are officially over, and Jamie Anderson (USA) and Sebastien Toutant (CAN) are reaping the rewards with three major titles apiece. Both came in first in the 2012 US Open Slopestyle title (worth $25,000), the 2012 Burton Global Open Series Slopestyle Championship title (worth $25,000) and the TTR Slopestyle World Tour Championship title.
“I can’t believe I’m walking off the podium with three trophies,” said Jamie Anderson. “It’s enough to just win the US Open slopestyle title, which I haven’t won since 2007. But to also go home with the BGOS and TTR Championship titles is a huge honor.”
The women’s competition was first, and these ladies came out to win. The level of talent on the slopes was incredible, some of the athletes getting their best scores on their first runs.
But Jamie Anderson was out to win, and no one could catch her. Her phenomenal second run included a frontside boardslide to fakie, Cab 720 nose grab, switch backside 540 mute grab, tailslide 270 out and ending things with a 50-50 backside 180 out. Pure Anderson style. Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas also showed off her legendary style and landed in second with a score of 78.4. Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took third with 74.6.
When the men started competing, the weather was temperamental, sunny then snowy, and leaving them to a slow start. The majority of the men had a rough first runs with low scores, but by the third, it was game on.
Canadian Sebastien Toutant had a fantastic day with a run that included a Cab hardway 270 on, Cab double cork 1260 melon, frontside double cork 1080 mute, frontside wallride 270 out and 50-50 to backside rodeo out. It earned him his first ever US Open win. Ulrik Badertscher of Norway nailed his first run, but it wasn’t enough surpass Toutant. And Seppe Smits from Belgium landed on the bottom of podium for his first win at the Open as well.
“I’ve gotten second and third in the past, but I’ve never won, and winning here means so much. It’s one of the biggest events of the season. I had no idea I was in the running for the 2012 BGOS and TTR Slopestyle titles as well, so that’s a huge bonus for sure,” Sebastien said of his first US Open win.
Presenting partner, MINI, handed out three Creative Use of Space awards at the end of the event. Enni Rukajarvi won herself a tidy sum of $5,000 for her Cab 540 mute on the MINI slopestyle feature. It was designed to appear as thought it were a garage with a MINI parked out front. Seppe Smits won on the men’s side for his Cab 900 shifty on the MINI CUIOS feature. And in honor of their Most Creative CUIOS feature across all 2011/2012 BGOS event, the third award went to the crew at LAAX, where the Burton European Open is held.
Slopestyle may be over, but don’t miss the ‘Washed Up Cup’ event tonight at the Open. Athletes will go old school in a timed event that ties in freestyle elements with a gated, GS-style course (no hardboots or alpine race equipment allowed). As part of the 30th anniversary, it will take place on the original run the open was held on, Suntanner run. Don’t miss out on the fun!
2012 US Open Competition & Entertainment Schedule
Friday, March 9 – 6:00 pm – The Washed Up Cup, under the lights in the main base area of Stratton
Saturday, March 10 – 9:45 am – Halfpipe Finals & FREE performance by ‘Method Man and Redman’
Saturday, March 10 – 7:00 pm - The Night Jam, under the lights in the main base area
Sunday, March 11 – Junior Jam
Men’s Slopestyle Final Results
1. Sebastien Toutant (CAN) 92.0 – $25,000
2. Ulrik Badertscher (NOR) 81.9 – $14,000
3. Seppe Smits (BEL) 79.05 – $6,000
Women’s Slopestyle Final Results
1. Jamie Anderson (USA) 90.10 – $25,000
2. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas (NOR) 78.40 – $14,000
3. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) 74.60 – $6,000
Burton Global Open Series Slopestyle Champions
Men: Sebastien Toutant (CAN) $25,000
Women: Jamie Anderson (USA) $25,000
2012 TTR Slopestyle World Tour Champions
Men: Sebastien Toutant (CAN)
Women: Jamie Anderson (USA)