The U.S. Open of Snowboarding at Stratton Mountain, VT, wrapped-up last weekend, March 22, with more than 15,000 fans in attendance. Known as the most prestigious snowboarding event in the United States, winners here often serve as a precursor to the Olympic team.
Shaun White pulled out for a bad ankle, leaving him absent from the finals. Peetu Piirionen and Shaun White were neck and neck in the Swatch TTR World Tour Champion title race, but with Peetu placing second today in halfpipe he has clinched the 2008/2009 TTR World Champion title.
Danny Kass, former Olympic silver medalist and owner of Grenade Gloves and now a streetwear line, won his 5th gold medal on halfpipe. In the women’s division, it was a tight race between former Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark and Torah Bright, but Torah pulled it off in the end. Torah’s run earned her a coveted spot in the US Open history books, tying Kelly for the most US Open women’s halfpipe titles.
The U.S. Open also represents the biggest single payout of the sport with the overall Burton U.S. Open Champs (both men and women) taking home $100,000 each. When it comes to action sports, snowboarding, it should be pointed out, is the only sport where women can take home as much as men in winnings.
The TTR World Tour award ceremony will happen tomorrow following slopestyle finals where Peetu will be presented with the TTR World Tour Champion trophy and a total of $110,000 will be paid out to the TTR Top 5.