LAAX, Switzerland (Jan. 15, 2008) -- Many of the world’s best slopestyle riders, including Shaun White (USA), Jenny Jones (GBR), Jamie Anderson (USA) and Antti Autti (FIN) competed in today’s BEO slopestyle semi-finals, doing their best to earn a spot in the final competition of this 6-Star TTR event.
The women were up first with 21 riders competing for only eight spots in the finals. Most of the riders pulled out all the stops in their second run, with the top three slopestyle semi-finalists Jenny Jones (GBR), Jamie Anderson (USA) and Silvia Mittermueller (GER) all earning their highest scores after their first run. Jenny Jones definitely earned the top spot and applause from the crowd for stomping impressive back-to-back 360s and a frontside 540 on the three biggest kickers. Jamie Anderson stuck two 540s and got big ups from the judges when she threw down a sick and stylish ally-oop hand plant to fakie on the quarterpipe. 2007 Burton Global Open Series and TTR Champion Torah Bright just missed earning a spot in the finals, placing ninth in today’s semi-finals. Flims-Laax local rider Sina Candrian (SUI), who was first discovered when she won both BEO junior competitions three years ago, also earned a spot in the women’s slopestyle finals. The eight women who made it to the slopestyle finals represent eight different nations, making it one of the most diverse BEO women’s slopestyle finals in recent memory.
When it was the men’s turn in the start gate, it was obvious from the practice runs that it was going to be an exciting competition. Snowboarding superstar Shaun White, whose career highlights include the 2007 BGOS Championship, 2007 TTR Champion, 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist and the only athlete to ever win gold at both the Winter and Summer X-Games, was competing – and that always gets the crowd, the judges and the competitors paying close attention. Shaun did not disappoint, as he took a strong lead with his first run and after that, no one could catch up. He started off his winning run with a frontside 270 front boardslide 270 out on the down box, half Cabbed the gap to a backside disaster on the skate quarterpipe. On the snow quarterpipe he busted a backside ally-oop rodeo 540 backside grab, which was followed up by a massive 1080 stalefish followed by back-to-back 900s on the bottom two kickers.
One of the wonderful surprises from today’s men’s slopestyle semi-finals is when this year’s BEO junior halfpipe and slopestyle winner Sébastien Toutant made it into the men’s finals all the way from pre-qualifiers to qualifiers, to semi-finals. In total, 41 men competed in today’s semi-finals for 16 spots in the final competition.
Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
Name Nationality Sponsor Points
1 Jenny Jones GBR BILLABONG 66.33
2 Jamie Anderson USA SALOMON 61.50
3 Silvia Mittermueller GER OAKLEY 61.33
4 Sina Candrian SUI BURTON 57.17
5 Meri Peltonen FIN PROTEST 56.00
6 Lisa Filzmoser AUT ELAN 54.67
7 Kjersti Buaas Oestgaard NOR ROXY 54.00
8 Margot Rozies FRA ROXY 52.67
Men’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
Name Nationality Sponsor Points
1 Shaun White USA BURTON 77.50
2 Tim Humphreyys USA FLOW 67.50
3 Jason Dubois CAN O’NEILL 66.50
4 Ville Uotila FIN ATOMIC 66.33
5 Antti Autti FIN FLOW 65.67
6 Chas Guldemond USA DC 65.00
7 Peetu Piiroinen FIN BURTON 63.67
8 Iouri Podladtchikov SUI SANTA CRUZ 63.50
9 Iver Per Grimsrud NOR NITRO 62.67
10 Andre Kim Eliassen NOR K2 60.67
11 Sami Saarenpaa FIN BURTON 60.67
12 Risto Mattila Risto FIN FLOW 60.50
13 Mikkel Bang NOR BURTON 60.17
14 Charles Reid CAN BURTON 59.00
15 Sébastien Toutant CAN ONEILL 58.33
16 Joel Lahti FIN FTWO 58.33
*NEW WEBCAST TIMES * Be sure to check out free BEO webcasts on Go211.com:
Wednesday, January 16: Halfpipe Semi-Finals 13:00-15:10 CET/7:00-9:10 a.m.ET
Thursday, January 17: Live Morning Show 10:45-11:15 CET/4:45-5:15 a.m.ET
Thursday, January 17: Slopestyle Finals 11:15-13:00 CET/5:15-7:00 a.m.ET
Friday, January 18: Live Morning Show 11:15-11:45 CET/5:15-5:45 a.m.ET
Friday, January 18: Halfpipe Finals 11:45-14:45 CET/5:45-8:45 a.m.ET
For anyone that misses the live webcasts, both highlights of the winning runs and the full webcasts will be available for on-demand viewing daily on Go211.com.
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