Braaten & Anderson Lead TTR after NZ Open

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TTR Movers and shakers after the NZO results, plus an interesting breakdown of the new Snowboard Live Scoring system (SLS).

As you’ll have read elsewhere, the NZO Slopestyle finals went off today at the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka, New Zealand, where despite bad weather Christian Haller and Jamie Anderson stood above the rest to bag the titles, a wad of cash and 850 TTR points.

Men's Tour leader Gjermund Braaten. Photo: Pablo Azocar
Men's Tour leader Gjermund Braaten. Photo: Pablo Azocar
Norwegian Rider Gjermund Braaten Bolsters his Tour Lead
The NZO is the second 5Star event for the men on the 2010/11 Swatch TTR World Tour season and Norway’s Gjermund Braaten was able to hold on to his World No. 1 spot in the TTR Rankings with a second place finish.  Swissman Christian Haller climbed the rankings to the World No. 6 spot with his first place finish and Mikkel Bang moved up in the rankings to World No. 8. This was Haller’s first major TTR title win of his career and got it done with a run consisting of a backside lipslide on the down-flat-down bar, tailslide on the gap to flat box, switch backside 720, Cab 900 and a frontside 720 tailgrab.

Jamie Anderson Takes Over the TTR Tour Lead
The New Zealand Open was the first major competition for the 2010/11 season for the women, so the pressure was on for riders to get a good result at this early season event. Jamie Anderson powered through the bad weather to claim first, which bumped her into the World No. 1 position. Anderson won the women’s competition with a boardslide-to-tailpress on the down bar, a frontside 180 out on the up box, switch backside 180 mute, backside 360 mute, and a backside 180 mute. Local New Zealander, Shelly Gotlieb, had a good day and finished in second place while Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas rounded out the podium in third place. With their podium finishes today, Gotlieb moved into the World No. 5 spot and Buaas is now sitting in the World No. 2 position in the Swatch TTR World Rankings.

Snowboarding Live Scoring System in Full Effect
The New Zealand Open used the new Snowboard Live Scoring (SLS) judging system for slopestyle finals and will also use the system for tomorrow’s halfpipe semi-finals and finals. The SLS system was well received by riders today and seemed to run smoothly for the judges, as well. The new system can be viewed in action during the live webcast on GO211.com during tomorrow’s halfpipe competition.

Check back to ttrworldtour.com for some fresh videos from the New Zealand Open and be sure to check out the new videos explaining how the new SLS judging system works. And, don’t forget to tune into GO211.com to check out the halfpipe finals live from Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand.

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