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Clark, Piiroinen Big Winners at 2011 Burton US Open

US Open Sponsored by BurtonVermont’s Kelly Clark punctuated a phenomenal personal snowboarding season with her first-ever halfpipe victory at the 2011 Burton U.S. Open Championships.

With the victory, the West Dover native secured the Burton Global Open Series overall title for 2011 – worth $50,000 and a new MINI Countryman. The win was Clark’s eighth consecutive, buoyed by her newly patented 1080 that she unveiled at the Winter X-Games in January.

“Not only am I happy with the level of my riding, I’ve also had more fun than ever, and my results speak for that,” said Clark. “It’s also huge for me to win the Burton Global Open Series title because it’s the one award that’s been elusive for me, so I’m super happy to walk away with it,” she added.

While Clark headlined the ladies’ halfpipe competition, Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo defended his 2010 US Open halfpipe title, seemingly at a time when hearts in Japan are at their heaviest.

“I’m so stoked and so happy,” said Kazuhiro Kokubo “I want to say thanks to my sponsors, family and friends, and I hope my win brings a little joy and happiness to Japan.” He also added that his victory lap following the competition was his “prayer for Japan.”

Joining Kokubo on the podium was fellow Japanese rider, Kohei Kudo, who took third place in the event.

Though Kokubu took the individual US Open halfpipe title, Peetu Piiroinen of Finland was the biggest winner on the day. First, Piiroinen won his second consecutive Burton Global Open Series Championship, while also being named the overall Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion (for the third time) – earning a combined purse of $100,000 alongside the car from MINI.

Jamie Anderson claimed the women’s overall Swatch TTR Championship for the second time in her career, previously winning the title in 2007-08 as the youngest female rider at the time to accomplish the feat.

Anderson’s second place finish in the Slopestyle event at this year’s Burton US Open cemented her second Swatch TTR Championship.

Finishing ahead of Anderson in Slopestyle was 20-year old Enni Rukajaarvi (FIN), breakout star and holder of both the 2011 FIS World Championship and 2011 X-Games title in the same event.

On the heels of her third major victory this season, Rukajaarvi said, “It felt really amazing to win today. The Burton US Open is such a big event, so it really means a lot to win here.”

The men’s Slopestyle title went to Eric Willett of Breckenridge, Colo. – his first Burton US Open title in just his second attempt.

At “The Jam” riders spent 90 minutes throwing down their top tricks on a customized course outfitted with unique riding sections. A large crowd came out at night to witness Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Charles Reid (CAN) win the event and $10,000 cash.

Snowboard competition wasn’t the only draw over the weekend as fans enjoyed an interactive sponsor village, live DJs and a concert by The Sounds following the halfpipe finale.

 

-Ryan O'Leary

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