The Burton European Open completed men’s and women’s halfpipe qualifications yesterday with 100 men and 46 women competing. 31 men from 13 different countries and 16 women from 10 different countries earned spots in today’s halfpipe semifinals.
After several days of heavy snow, high winds and low visibility, the clouds finally lifted and revealed partly sunny skies and a perfectly shaped pipe for the event up on Crap Sogn Gion. Today’s weather promises to be even better for the men’s and women’s halfpipe semifinals.
In the men’s qualifiers, many of the top riders from the boys halfpipe finals also made it into top qualifying spots for the men’s semifinal halfpipe event. Oliver Gittler, who won the boys junior halfpipe, qualified third in his heat for the men’s semifinals. Second place boys’ junior halfpipe rider Eisuke Sugiura from Japan also earned a spot in the men’s halfpipe semifinals.
Sarah Conrad from Canada took the top qualifying spot in the first heat of the women’s competition. And, French rider Mirabelle Thovex, who won the BEO girls’ halfpipe competition on Tuesday, also qualified first in the women’s event.
Head to www.Lat34.com/beo to see live cybercasts of the BEO halfpipe finals on January 27th from 12pm.