2011 Burton US Open Confirms Top Snowboarders

Burlington, VT (March 4, 2011) Many of the world’s top snowboarders will head to Vermont next week for the 29th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Some of the sport’s biggest names like Kelly Clark, Peetu Piiroinen, Jamie Anderson, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Louie Vito, Hannah Teter, Mark McMorris and Danny Davis plan to compete at this year’s US Open taking place from March 7-13 at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont.

Fame and Fortune
There is no shortage of cash and prestigious titles at the US Open, which is the longest-running snowboard competition in the world. Riders will compete for top honors in halfpipe, slopestyle, junior jam and The Jam, not to mention the combined cash purse of well over $200,000. In addition, the top three male and female Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) riders of the 2010/2011 season will walk away with a piece of an additional $200,000 cash purse, and the two BGOS winners will also each receive a new MINI Countryman. The US Open will also be the last chance for riders to try for the new MINI Creative Use of Space Award worth $50,000 that will be shared between the best male and female rider who have shown creativity and progression throughout the BGOS series. And finally, the Men’s and Women’s TTR World Tour Champion will be crowned at the US Open, the final stop of the TTR World Snowboard Tour, which pays out $200,000 to the Top 5 men and Top 3 women.

Riders to Watch
Riders to watch on the men’s side include Peetu Piiroinen, whose unbeatable results this season already earned him a third straight TTR title before the official crowning at the US Open next week. Peetu will have plenty of chances to earn more titles and prize money when he competes in both the US Open slopestyle and halfpipe events. Fellow Swiss riders Christian Haller and Iouri Podladtchikov currently sit in the top 3 for the 2010/2011 Burton Global Open Series Championship title and plan to compete in both slopestyle and halfpipe. Last year’s US Open halfpipe champion Kazuhiro Kokubo will treat the crowd to his super smooth style in the men’s pipe competition where fellow Olympian Louie Vito will also compete. In the US Open slopestyle competition, all eyes will be on 17-year-old Mark McMorris, who made headlines this week after landing the first-ever backside triple cork 1440. Chas Guldemond and Eric Willet are also confirmed to compete in slopestyle. And crowd favorite Danny Davis will return to the US Open to compete in both slopestyle and halfpipe.

The women’s side is equally loaded with big names like Vermont local, three-time Olympian and four-time US Open winner Kelly Clark. Kelly is on fire this season, logging six halfpipe victories this winter alone. Fellow Vermonter and Olympian Hannah Teter will join Kelly in the women’s halfpipe competition. Slopestyle superstar Jamie Anderson is on a winning streak of her own with five victories in the bag. Jamie also currently leads both the women’s TTR tour ranking and the BGOS standings. Other ladies on deck to compete include Gretchen Bleiler, Enni Rukajärvi, Cilka Sadar, Queralt Castellet, Linn Haug, Rana Okada, Kjersti Buass and Sina Candrian.

On Friday night at the Open, a handful of invited riders will also compete under the lights in ‘The Jam’, which includes never-before-seen features like a bridge and tunnel combo, double quarterpipes, an urban wallride and a plethora of rails. The Jam will go down in the main base area of Stratton at 7:15 p.m., and so far, Ethan Deiss, Alex Andrews, Shaun Murphy, Forest Bailey, Johnny Lazz, Luke Haddock and other rail technicians plan to compete.

If you can’t make it to Stratton, check out four days of live webcasts starting March 9-12 on burton.com or metacafe.com. The US Open will also air on ESPN2 on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

2011 US Open Competition & Entertainment Schedule
Wednesday, March 9 – Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Thursday, March 10 – Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 11 – Slopestyle Finals; The Jam Finals & FREE ‘Flosstradamus’ show
Saturday, March 12 – Halfpipe Finals & FREE performance by ‘The Sounds’
Sunday, March 13 – Junior Jam

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