A make or break showdown is imminent for the women on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour.
Lisa Wiik at last year’s event – photo: Welsh
From March 27th – 29th, 2009, the 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam will grip hold of Mammoth Mountain, California, where girls will hunt for the final two batches of 1000 TTR ranking points in hope of securing glory. 2007/2008 Tour Champion, Jamie Anderson (USA) could go home with her second consecutive Swatch TTR World Title after next Sunday’s Slopestyle Finals, but a vast field of international talent will ensure that she has some heavy competition to contend with.
Current World No.1 Jamie Anderson has dominated throughout the season and shows little sign of losing her stranglehold on the top spot. With the win of a second consecutive Swatch TTR Title, Jamie would be the first rider to claim back-to-back honors since the TTR’s inception. Jamie’s domination throughout the season has been characterized by her ability to shred across all contest formats.
Depending on the outcome of the upcoming 6Star Burton US Open, there are a number of riders with a chance to dethrone Jamie at the Roxy Chicken Jam. Finishing in the Swatch TTR Top 3 brings with it glory, cash rewards and a guaranteed start in the major events next season. World No.15, Kjersti Buaas (NOR) sits lower down the ranking but still has four remaining results for her end of season total. She proved her ability to step up in Slopestyle and Halfpipe at the Burton European Open and is one rider who could snatch the Swatch TTR Title from Jamie.
Silvia Mittermueller (GER) moved into the World No.2 spot after her 3rd place in the Slopestyle at the 5Star Asian Open. This powerful performance, combined with a slew of top 5 results, put her in a good position to finish the season strongly.
The Roxy Chicken Jam will also provide Czech rookie and World No.4 Sarka Pancochova, with a chance to shine. She has been one of the most talked about newcomers of the season and will be looking to live up to the hype with a Top 3 finish. Lisa Wiik (NOR) and Kelly Clark (USA) proved their Slopestyle and Halfpipe prowess at the 6Star Burton European Open. And, past Tour Champion and World No.12, Cheryl Maas (NED) is always a dangerous competitor and will be ready to push the riding level with big spins and gnarly rail combos.
To see some action from the last Roxy Chicken Jams and get a taste of what is to come click here.