It may be hot in Utah but it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere and snow sport athletes are back at it!
Olympians and other elite snowboarders from around the world descended upon Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand last weekend as the 2010-11 Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) kicked off the competition season.
Louie Vito (Sandy, Utah) represented the U.S. men on the podium finishing third in the contest while two-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) won the women’s competition defending her win there from the year before.
Fans can watch the entire webcast of the competition at Go2111.com on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 12 p.m. MT
“It was nice just to land a run, especially since I haven’t done any of those tricks since March,” said Vito. “Getting a third heading into the season feels alright, but not as good as a first would have.”??
Vito started his second run in the 22-foot Olympic sized pipe with a frontside 1080 double-cork, Cab100 double-cork, double crippler, backside 900 and frontside corked 900 to post 88.04. However, it wasn’t enough to beat Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov, known as IPod.
Podladtchikov, who had trouble on his first run, went big on his second with a cripper, double McTwist 1260, frontside 1080 tailgrab, and a Cab 720 for a score of 93.70.
Japan’s Taku Hiraoka, who is 14 years old, made it through the pre-qualifiers and qualifiers to compete in the final round. His first run set the benchmark scoring 89.35.
Clark blew the competition away from the start. Her first run received a score of 88.70 and no other women were able to top it all day. She started with a perfect and huge frontside air, backside 540 mute, frontside 900, method air, frontside 720, and finished with a Cab 720 mute.
Spain’s Queralt Castellet came in second with 82.45 followed by Japan’s Soko Yamaoka in third.
Clark and Podladtchikov both collected 850 Swatch TTR Ranking points putting Podladtchikov in second place and Clark in ninth in the overall standings. And they received NZ$6,000 (more than $4,000) in prize money.
New Zealand was the first stop of the 2010-11 Burton Global Open Series (BGOS). The series travels to Switzerland (Jan. 8-15), Canada (Feb. 1-6) and ends at Stratton Mountain, Vt. (March 7-13), where the BGOS men and women’s champion will be crowned.
Burton New Zealand Open
Cardrona, New Zealand
August 14, 2010
1. Iouri Podladtchikov, Switzerland, 93.70?
2. Taku Hiraoka, Japan, 89.35?
3. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 88.04?
4. Ryo Aono, Japan, 87.84?
5. Jarret “JJ” Thomas, Golden, CO, 84.92
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, VT, 88.70?
2. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 82.45?
3. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 76.84?
4. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 74.24?
5. Rana Okada, Japan, 73.72
Full results can be found here.