Slopestyle finals came down to a nail biter on many fronts today at the 36th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. Defending champion Mark McMorris (CAN) earned the top score on the final run of the three-run finals, while the women’s field made the difficult decision to cancel the competition due to challenging winds. Results from the women’s semi-finals stood as the final results with Jamie Anderson (USA) earning her seventh Burton U.S. Open title.
Due to high winds and a vote from competitors, the women’s slopestyle finals were cancelled today. The Burton U.S. Open has always been a rider-driven event, and as such, the safety of the riders is top priority. So, when the riders voted to cancel today’s women’s slopestyle event, the results from Wednesday’s semi-finals stood, making Jamie Anderson (USA) the 2018 champion based on Wednesday’s semi-final results. Defending U.S. Open champ Anna Gasser (AUT) took second and Julia Marino (USA) landed in third.
This is the seventh Burton U.S. Open title for Anderson since earning her first slopestyle title in 2007. The ladies were disappointed that the weather did not cooperate for today’s slopestyle finals, but thankful to have the option to cancel.
“It was cool that the Burton U.S. Open was down to let everyone have a discussion, because sometimes we don’t get to have a voice,” said Anderson. “It was nice to get to congregate today and make a call for what’s best for all of us.”
Anderson is looking forward to unveiling new technical rail tricks that she dialed in at U.S. Open practice in the future. Gasser also shared that she’s been working on incorporating her big air tricks like her Olympic gold medal winning Cab double cork 1080 into her slopestyle run. But these tricks will have to wait for future competitions.
Women’s Slopestyle Finals Results (Carried over from Wednesday, March 7 Semi-Finals)
- Jamie Anderson (USA), OAKLEY, 83.75
- Anna Gasser (AUT), BURTON, 80.95
- Julia Marino (USA), MOUNTAIN DEW, 75.85
- Kokomo Murase (JPN), BURTON, 75.30
- Klaudia Medlova (SVK), GIRO, 75.00
- Silje Norendal (NOR), ROCKSTAR, 74.75