MT. CRESTED BUTTE, CO (March 6, 2003)? Western State College student James Linhoff, living in Crested Butte, came out of nowhere today and won the Triple Air competition by a narrow margin of only four tenths of a point edging out Jeff Nelson of Breckenridge, CO. Bruce Winchenbach of Crested Butte took third place on the podium edging out Matt Peterson of Breckenridge by two tenths of a point.
Rookie standout James Linhoff managed to successfully “mix it up” with long stylish grabs and heavy style, stomping his landings all the way to the podium and to the bank for a clean fifteen hundred bucks! Years of hard park training paid off for the Breck posse’s Jeff Nelson. He took it from the tech bench to the second place spot after executing clean inverted rodeos and even breaking off the, hands down, cleanest backside 900 in the competition. The Colorado Boarder Snowboard Shop’s own big gun Bruce Winchenbach brought the hammer down earning the third place spot with technical spin variations and huge amplitude to link the elusive triple big air course .
For the women, veterans Marni Yamada of Seattle, WA, and Dena Melinn of Copper Mountain, flipped first and second place today with Yamada capturing first by almost one sold point. Julie Lavicka of Breckenridge was third with Rhonda Doyle from Telluride, CO rounding out the top four. Yamada, sponsorsed by Wigwam, Sessions, Smith, Option and other industry sponsors, took home second place in the Boardercross yesterday so has cleared $2500 so far in addition to some great prizes. Yamada is looking strong going into the big mountain event to take home the overall title and a five- night vacation for two donated by Club Med, the official “Village” sponsor of the Boarderfest.
Crested Butte Junior Riders swept the top three places with Chris Kircher taking home first place honors, followed by Bailey Allred and Matt Forsch.
Men and women have always taken home equal prize money in Crested Butte’s “extreme” events. Competitors are vying for a total cash and prize purse of $35,000 in this four-day event. First place winners of today’s Triple Air competition took home a stash of prizes and $1500 cash; second place garnered $1000; third, $500; in addition, the juniors took home some cash and killer prizes.
RESULTS ? Triple Air
1. James Linhoff, Crested Butte, CO, 33.8 pts.
(Attends Western State College, Gunnison, CO)
2. Jeff Nelson, Breckenridge, CO, 33.4 pts.
3. Bruce Winchenbauch, Crested Butte, CO, 32.8 pts.
4. Matt Peterson, Breckenridge, CO, 32.6 pts.
5. Gregory Stem, Hesperus, CO, 31.2 pts.
6. Lucas Dehmlow, Crested Butte, CO, 30.8 pts.
Marni Yamada, Seattle, WA, 32.4 pts.
Dena Melinn, Copper Mountain, CO 31.2 pts.
Julie Lavicka, Breckenridge, CO 30 pts.
Rhonda Doyle, Telluride, CO, 24.8 pts.
Alyson Nicklas, kwood, CA, 24 pts.
Lynn Neil, Jackson Hole, WY, 23.4 pts. JUNIORS-MEN
1. Chris Kircher, Crested Butte, CO, 31.2 pts.
2. Bailey Allred, Crested Butte, CO, 27 pts.
3. Matt Forsch, Crested Butte, CO, 24.4 pts.
4. Steven Waters, Durango, CO, 22.2 pts.
Tomorrow starts the big mountain/extreme portion of the competition. Riders will tackle the Headwall, a challenging run with a slope angled at over 40 degrees in Crested Butte’s renowned Extreme Limits. Riders will be judged on line choice, aggression, technique, fluidity and control.