Mammoth Lakes, CA (February 1, 2004) — Andy Finch of Fresno and Vermontnative Kelly Clark each took first place in the Super Pipe competitionSunday at the Built Ford Tough Championships of Snowboarding at MammothMountain. Finch bested Tommy Czeschin on his home mountain and Finn AnttiAutti to claim the $12,000 first place check.
Kelly Clark, the former Olympic gold medallist, was able to turn the tableson Hannah Teter who won the Super Pipe comp at Breckenridge in December.The two are now tied for the overall Vans Triple Crown lead heading intothe Vans North American Championships, March 5-7 at Northstar at Tahoe.The Built Ford Tough Championships are the second stop of the Vans TripleCrown of Snowboarding, following the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals atBreckenridge Ski Resort. To win the overall title, an athlete must earnpoints tabulated from the three Vans Triple Crown Series events. DannyKass leads the men’s race on the strength of his second place finishes inSlope Style yesterday and Super Pipe in Breck, ahead of Finch and Czeschin.
In a first at the Vans Triple Crown, Mammoth’s newly introduced “The Wallwas utilized for a wall jam contest with Josh Malay grabbing $2500 for aMcTwist and Nik Batko claiming $1200 for a Frontside Stall to Fakie high upon the lip Molly Milligan won $750 for riding up the highest on The Wallof any of the ladies. The Built Ford Tough Championships air on NBC Sportson February 28 at 3:00 pm EST.
Super Pipe Finals — Sunday
1.Andy Finch (Fresno, CA) 91.3 $12,000
2.Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth, CA) 89.3 $8,000
3.Antti Autti (Rovaniemi, FIN) 87.5 $5,000
1. Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, VT) 89.8 $8,000
2. Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) 87.7 $5,000
3. Kjesti Oestguaard (Trondheim, NOR) 78.8 $2,250
Slope Style Finals — Saturday, January 311.Ryan Paris (Bradford, NH) 84.0 $12,000
2.Danny Kass (Vernon, NJ) 80.8 $8,000
3.Nate Sheehan (Salt Lake City, UT) 80.8 $5,000
1. Janna Meyen (Bend, OR) 79.8 $8,000
2. Jessica Dalpiaz (Salt Lake City, UT) 74.2 $5,000
3. Tara Dakides (Mammoth Lakes, CA) 73.7 $2,250