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Burton U.S. Open Promises Big Names, Bigger Rewards

Burton_U.S._OpenThe 29th Burton U.S. Open is set to begin Wedneday at Vermont’s famed Stratton Mountain, featuring top-flight competition on display from the world’s best snowboarders.

This weekend’s event serves as the final leg of the Burton Global Open Series – a year long, multi-continent battle for snowboarding supremacy.

Portions of the $200,000 purse will be doled out to the winners of the halfpipe, slopestyle, junior jam and jam events for this particular event. Meanwhile, the overall Burton Global Open Series Champions will be crowned.

The top three men and women in the series will share portions of an additional $200,000 and the overall champions for each gender will drive away in a new MINI Countryman.

Lastly, the TTR World Tour is also making its final stop in Stratton this weekend, naming its overall champions and shelling out prize money to top finishers.

Headlining this year’s list of competitors are Olympic and X-Games Gold Medalists, and Vermont Natives, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter. Joining Clark and Teter is Jamie Anderson – a two-time X-Games Gold Medalist in her own right, and the current overall leader in the Global Burton Open Series. Gretchen Bleiler, one of the sport’s royalty, is also in the fold on the women’s side.

An ankle injury will keep Shaun White out of this year’s U.S. Open.

Still, there is no shortage of elite men as Finland’s Peetu Piiroinen, a Silver Medalist in Vancouver, tops the list of male participants. Expect Piiroinen to face a stiff challenge from Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo and U.S. Olympian Louie Vito. Other notables include, Mark McMorris and Danny Davis.

Premier snowboarding isn’t the only draw for spectators, as two concerts, an interactive sponsor village, live event DJs and various other entertainment options are also featured over the course of five days.

Per the norm, the Burton U.S. Open is free to spectators, therefore event organizers expect to meet or exceed last year’s quota of 30,000.

Here is a rundown of the current standings in the Burton Global Open Series:

Men:                                                                        Women:

1. Christian Haller, SUI (3060.47)                           1. Jamie Anderson, USA (3414.50)
2. Roger Kleivdal, NOR (2855.64)                          2. Cilka Sadar, SLO (2964.02)
3. Jouri Podladtchikov, SUI (2843.62)                    3. Sina Candrian, SUI (2908.03)
4. Benji Farrow, USA (2651.91)                              4. Silvia Mittermuller, GER (2904.66)
5. Brett Esser, USA (2565.47)                                5. Rana Okada, JPN (2808.07)
6. James Scott, AUS (2564.80)                              6. Kelly Clark, USA (2700.00)
7. Tore Holvik, NOR (2440.61)                                7. Silje Norendal, NOR (2632.96)
8. Broc Waring, USA (2315.46)                              8. Ty Walker, USA (2618.92)
9. Roope Tonteri, FIN (2228.30)                             9. Enni Rukajarvi, FIN (2465.07)
10. Manuel Pietropoli, ITA (2102.13)                       10. Chanelle Sladics, USA (2410.84)



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