Double honours for US snowboarder
Source: SOUTHLAND TIMES By Jerrie Andrews
American snowboarder Jamie Anderson claimed the Burton New Zealand Open double today, when she took out the female halfpipe title.
Yesterday Anderson won the women’s slopestyle event and will go home from her trip $10,000 richer after her efforts, as well as with top points in the Global Burton Open Series.
The versatile snowboarder claimed top points today with her first run on the Snow Park halfpipe, registering 84.25 points.
Despite the top three riders getting a fourth run, rather than the usual three, Anderson’s run was enough to secure her the title.
China’s Jiayu Liu was second with 73.75 points from her second run and American Kelly Clark was third with 73.25 registered also on her second run.
The men’s halfpipe field was dominated by Japanese riders, who took out first and third places.
Kazuhiro Kokubo won with a score of 92.50 from his third run, Finland’s Markus Malin was second with 90.25 and Japan’s Daisuke Murakami was third with 89.75.
Three Kiwi riders made today’s halfpipe finals, with Wanaka’s Juliane Bray taking out fifth place, and Kendall Brown claiming sixth in the female field.
James Hamilton, who is based in Central Otago during winter but hails from Auckland, placed eighth in the men’s field.