The competition was fierce. No doubt the tightest US Open slopestyle contest to date with a final field stacked with guys no one's ever even heard of. The usuals were in there: Sammy Carlson, Peter Olenick, Andreas Hatveit and Jon Olsson. Sammy fell on both his final runs, and Peter sketched out his rails after two 9s and two 10s to land himself in 6th.
After the two-run final, with every trick over a 9 thrown in some variation, it was Jon Olsson who came out on top, not getting third at the US Open for the first time since 2002. He was a wildly smilingly happy man when his name was called last. His kangaroo flip was untouchable. His rail tricks weren't the top of the day, but they were done with fluidity and perfection, something we have all come to expect from the man. Hope you had him on your FFL team!
Landing himself in second place, and the one who was looking best to oust the Olssonator was PK Hunder. His perfect style earned him the honors.
And in third, after hurting his shoulder yesterday during training and deciding last-second he would try his luck anyway, was Andreas Hatveit.
And that is a Scandinavian sweep of the US Open men's slopestyle.
The usual array of disappointments also went down today. Corey Vanular fell and hurt his knee (how badly, we don't yet know) in the semis and didn't advance to finals; TJ Schiller fell on both his runs crushing his dreams of another top finish at the event; and Charles Gagnier stomped his run -- which included his ridiculous switch big spin double nose/tail grab -- but was somehow left out of the final.
The women's final’s field was led by Grete Eliassen, Sarah Burke and Michelle Parker setting the level. The story of the day, though, was of newcomer Anna Segal. She rodeo 5'd her way past the best and biggest of the girls straight into first place. Michelle Parker was next, with many girls expecting her to land on top. She laid down a solid run with a switch 5 and a 7 in the middle. Rounding out the podium was Kristi Leskinen.
Angeli Van Laanen -another Head rider- nailed her run in the women’s pipe finals and ended up 3rd behind Grete Eliassen and Roz Groenwood.