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2014 Burton US Open Preview

2014 Burton US Open of Snowboarding Preview

Just three weeks ago slopestyle made it's Olympic debut and the world saw another side of snowboarding beyond halfpipe, boardercross, and slalom. As the mainstream media coverage ensued we were fed hysterical stories about the dangers of the slopestyle course (as many of the riders have said, there were some things wrong at the start, but it was more a matter of tweaking the course, which happens any contest). We listened to clueless NBC live stream commentators Jack Nicholls and Ron McIntosh (Jack usually covers motorsports, while Ron commentates tennis). Then there were journalists asking Mark McMorris questions like, "If slopestyle is such a new sport, how did you get so good at it so fast?"

To be fair, we did witness some of the highest level slopestyle riding to date with tricks like Sage Kotsenburg's contest-first backside 1620 japan and McMorris's back-to-back triple corks. There were other positives as the message that style is key to snowboarding started to seep out to a larger audience along with mentions that there are massive problems with the FIS. But these moments were mixed a heavy dose of sensationalism and clumsy reporting. Snowboarding has many subtleties that are easy to miss and take years to understand—exposure isn't much good without a solid understanding of our heritage.

Kazu Kokubo, victory lap. A classic moment from the 2011 Burton US Open. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

Kazu Kokubo, victory lap. A classic moment from the 2011 Burton US Open. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

On Wednesday, March 5 we leave the ills that come with Olympic fever behind as the world's longest running snowboard competition kicks off at Vail, Colorado. Now in it's thirty-second year the US Open remains an event for up-and-comers and established pros to carve out a spot for themselves in snowboard history and have their names placed alongside past Open winners such as Craig Kelly, Terje Haakonsen, Todd Richards, and Travis Rice.

With over 90 riders competing in the 2014 Open organizers are trying their best to keep pace with the riders' needs while letting the event evolve. "The US Open has always been a contest focused on the riders," says Burton's Events Director Ian Warda. "It's a true snowboarder's event that changes as the sport progresses. We've seen that over the years with many changes from revamped formats, to new judging systems, and added disciplines. The US Open in Vail continues that tradition of progression and change. We're constantly working with the riders on course feedback during the design and build process and feel that the possibilities are pretty endless with what we can do here."

Listening to the riders is one of the best ways to ensure that snowboarding continues to move in the right direction—that's respecting the past while moving towards the future.

Full coverage starts on Wednesday, March 5. If you're wondering where Olympic slope champ Sage Kotsenburg is on following confirmed rider list, well, he's taking a break from the media spotlight to shred some pow. As for Shaun White, he wrapped up a Bad Things show at the Mercury Lounge in New York on Sunday and will be doing stuff other than snowboarding.

While you wait for the 2014 US Open to start take a look back at who won last year

Sochi Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano at the 2013 Burton US Open. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

Sochi Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano at the 2013 Burton US Open. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

Confirmed rider list and event schedule on the next page

Christian Haller paying homage to methods past at the 2013 Burton US Open. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Christian Haller paying homage to methods past at the 2013 Burton US Open. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Men's Halfpipe

Ben Ferguson
Benji Farrow
Brett Esser
Chase Josey
Christian Haller
Danny Davis
David Hablutzel
Gabe Ferguson
Greg Bretz
Hiroki Suwa
Ikkuo Anai
Jake Pates
Joseph Hills
Joseph Mensch
Kent Kalister
Kohei Kudo
Louie Vito
Markus Malin
Mikey Cicarelli
Nathan Jacobson
Ryo Aono
Scotty James
Shuhei Sato
Spencer Shaw
Stale Sandbech
Taku Hiraoka
Taylor Gold
Tim-Kevin Ravnjak
Zach Black
Zhang Yiwei

Men's Slopestyle

Aleksander Ostereng
Billy Morgan
Brage Richenberg
Brandon Davis
Brett Moody
Chas Guldemond
Danny Davis
Darcy Sharpe
Emil Usletten
Eric Beauchemin
Gabe Ferguson
Gjermund Braaten
Jamie Nicholls
Janne Korpi
Kyle Mack
Mark McMorris
Max Eberhardt
Maxence Parrot
Mikey Cicarelli (Alternate)
Mons Roisland
Nik Baden
Peetu Piiroinen
Roope Tonteri
Ryan Stassel
Sebastien Toutant
Seppe Smits
Stale Sandbech
Sven Thorgren
Torstein Horgmo
Tyler Nicholson
Ulrik Badertscher
Yuki Kadono
Zach Normandin

Women's Halfpipe

Arielle Gold
Cai Xuetong
Caylnn Irwin
Chloe Kim
Hannah Teter
Jenna Dramise
Kaitlyn Farrington
Kelly Berger
Kelly Clark
Mirabell Thovex
Queralt Castellet
Rana Okada
Sohie Rodreguez
Summer Fenton
Ursina Haller
Zoe Kappapos

Women's Slopestyle

Aimee Fuller
Anna Gasser
Asami Hirono
Audrey McManiman
Brooke Voigt
Charlotte Van Gills
Cheryl Maas
Christy Prior
Enni Rukajärvi
Isabel Derungs
Jaime Anderson
Karly Shorr (Alternate)
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas
Miyabi Onitsuka
Silje Norendal
Spencer O´Brien
Ty Walker

2014 Burton US Open Event Schedule

Monday, March 3: PRACTICE

Slopestyle and Halfpipe
10:00am – 12:00pm Halfpipe & Slopestyle Practice at Golden Peak
1:00pm – 3:00pm Halfpipe & Slopestyle Practice at Golden Peak

Tuesday, March 4: PRACTICE

Slopestyle and Halfpipe
10:00am – 12:00pm Halfpipe & Slopestyle Practice at Golden Peak
1:00pm – 3:00pm Halfpipe & Slopestyle Practice at Golden Peak

Wednesday, March 5: SLOPESTYLE SEMI FINALS

Slopestyle
9:00am – 9:45am Women's Slopestyle Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am Women's Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak
11:10am – 12:15pm Men's Slopestyle Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm Men's Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Entertainment
6:00 – 7:00pm Olympic Athlete Celebration at Solaris Concert Stage

Thursday, March 6: HALFPIPE SEMI FINALS

Halfpipe
9:00am – 9:45am Women's Halfpipe Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am Women's Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak
11:10am – 12:15pm Men's Halfpipe Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm Men's Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Friday, March 7: SLOPESTYLE FINALS

Slopestyle
10:00am – 11:15am Women's Slopestyle Finals Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm Women's Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
12:45 – 1:15pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Women's

Slopestyle winners
12:45pm – 1:45pm Men's Slopestyle Finals Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm Men's Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
4:30 – 5:00pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Men's Slopestyle winners

Entertainment
6:30pm – 6:45pm Men's and Women's Slopestyle Awards Ceremony at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 9:30pm FREE Concert with Big Gigantic at Solaris Concert Stage

Saturday, March 8: HALFPIPE FINALS

Halfpipe
10:00am – 11:15am Women's Halfpipe Finals Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm Women's Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak
12:45 – 1:15pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Women's

Halfpipe winners
12:45pm – 1:45pm Men's Halfpipe Finals Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm Men's Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak
4:30 – 5:00pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Men's Halfpipe winners

Entertainment
6:30pm – 6:45pm Men's and Women's Halfpipe Awards Ceremony at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 9:30pm FREE Concert with Capital Cities at Solaris Concert Stage
10:00pm – 1:30am US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena

Broadcast/Webcast Schedule

Wed, Mar 5
on Burton.com/USO: Men's & Women's Live Slopestyle Semis: 11:45am – 5:45pm EST

Thur, Mar 6
on Burton.com/USO: Men's & Women's Live Halfpipe Semis: 11:45am – 5:45pm EST

Fri, Mar 7
on Fox Sports 2: Women's Slopestyle Finals Live: 1:30 – 2:30pm EST
on Fox Sports 2: Men's Slopestyle Finals Live: 4:00 – 6:00pm EST
on Burton.com/USO: Men's & Women's Slopestyle Finals: 1:15 – 6:15pm EST

Sat, Mar 8
on Fox Sports 2: Women's Halfpipe Finals: 1:30 – 2:30pm EST
on Fox Sports 2: Men's Halfpipe Finals: 4:00 – 6:00pm EST
on Burton.com/USO: Men's & Women's Halfpipe Finals: 1:15 – 6:15pm EST

TBD
on Fox Sports 2: US Open Slopestyle Highlight Show
on Fox Sports 2: US Open Halfpipe Highlight Show
on Fox Sports 2: USO Lifestyle Show

Watch the webcast here: burton.com/default/usopen_livecoverageandresults.html