The last contest of the Vans Triple Crown in Breckenridge came to a close today, December 22, after a three-run, superpipe finals competition. Frank Wells and his staff spent the early hours of the morning grooming several inches of fresh snow out of the pipe, and by the time the competitors dropped in for practice, it was a perfectly sculpted masterpiece.

Gretchen Bleiler was the cold-turkey phenomena for the women’s event, flying in late last night from California and getting only this morning’s training before front-to-backside 540-ing into a sweet first-place trophy. Tricia Byrnes and Bleiler were tied going into the last run and had a mutual pact to pull out their secret weapons, Gretchen’s being a backflip to fakie and Tricia brandishing the McTwist. Things didn’t go quite as planned, though. After a solid run with two huge fives, Gretchen sucked up the backflip and did a regular air to fakie; and Tricia went for the McTwist but couldn?t quite stick it. In addition to the top two, Tahoe-rider Autumn Rose rode strong and big, as did Tara Zwink and Michele Taggart.

Unlike the ladies’ event, it was impossible to tell who would take the men’s until the very last second. Erik Leines had the lead for a while, taking some risks with tech tricks on his first couple hits. Fifteen-year-old Shaun White was out front for a bit, too, with backside-rodeos and big McTwists. But it was Mammoth’s Tommy “The Machine” Czeschin who won it in the end, and for good reason. After a first run of all straight spins (back-to-back 720s and a 900), he stepped it up by inverting the nine and throwing a big McTwist in the mix.

The event was over in time for riders to catch flights in Denver, hit the road home, or get hyped up to see The Sugar Hill Gang play later in downtown Breckenridge. It’s officially Christmas break–now go get some eggnog and go snowboarding.

Results

Mens’

1TommyCzeschinUSA$10,000
2ShaunWhiteUSA$6,500
3ChristopherNelsonUS$4,000
4MikeMichalchukCAN$3,000
5AndyFinchUSA$2,000
6ErikLeinesUSA$1,000
7RossPowersUSA$700
8KeirDillonUSA$600
9LukeWynenusa$500
10VinzenzLuepsGermany$400
11GeorgeOakleyUSA$300
12J.J.ThomasUSA$200
13AbramTeterUSA$100
14KirkShortUSA$100
15ColinLangloisUSA$100
16JustinLamoureuxUSA$100
17ChrisWimblesCanada$100
18RahmKlampertUSA$100
19GrantGlennUS$100
20ToddRichardsUSA$100
21JustinBrinkUSA
22ZachHorwitzUSA
23ElijahTeterUSA
24BrianBergeUSA
25JimiScottUSA
26DannyGarrityUSA
27JasonHindmanUSA
28JohnAndersonUSA
29BrentMeyerUSA
30TravisRiceUSA
31ChadOtterstromUSA
32ColterDeupreeUSA
33CharlesMoraceUSA
34JamesBeachCAN
35SpencerTamblynUSA
36RyanKnaptonUSA
37BjornLeinesUSA
38PeterScontrasUSA
39ChrisPappasUSA
40BrettButcherUSA
41AllanTravesUSA
42RyanKronenburgUSA
43WyattGlynnUSA
44ZacharyWertzUSA
45RaulPintoUSA
46DavidKubickaUSA
47KojiOkumuraJPN

Womens’

1 Gretchen Bleiler USA $7,500
2 Tricia Byrnes USA $4,500
3 Autumn Rose usa $2,200
4 Alisa Mokler USA $1,400
5 Michele Taggart USA $1,200
6 Tara Zwink USA $1,000
7 Jana Manfredi USA $700
8 Keiko Yanagisawa JPN $600
9 Leslee Olson USA $500
10 Megan Pischke USA $400
11 Jonnel Janewicz USA
12 Tori Carrigan Koski USA
13 Hana Beaman USA
14 Megan Klammer USA
15 Nevin Schwarz usa
16 Kyla Duffy USA
17 Ashley Berger USA
18 Laura Hadar usa
19 Marilyn Poon USA
20 Michelle Wilson USA
21 Marge McClintock USA