23/03/2012 | by Uli Köhler
After having blast-off delayed by a couple months from it’s regular launch time of the beginning of January, the Burton European Open has cleared the tower and the first results are in. The Juniors have been getting it done in the slopestyle and stunt ditch with Miyabi Onitsuka and Stian Kleivdal winning the Junior Slopestyle, and Zoe Kalapos and Kyle Mack the victorious grommets in the pipe…
The juniors slayed the new Slopestyle course, tackling the same features the adults will hit later on during the week. The new course features a Gap Straight Rail on top, followed by a Step Up Step DownCombo, two kickers and the MINI Creative Use of Space Obstacle at the end.
On the girls side it was tight between winner Miyabi Onitsuka and 2nd placed French rider Chloé Sillieres. The podium was completed by British rider Katie Ormerod in 3rd. Miyabi showed a sensational first run including a Cab 540 and a backside 360. This first run ended up to be her winning run; 0.63 points ahead of Chloé. “I am really happy,” Miyabi commented. “This is my first major win! I really liked the course and I am already looking forward to the US Open next week!” On the boys side the Norwegians dominated with Stian Kleivdal taking home the title with his 3rd and last run putting down a halfcab 5-0 on the rail, followed by frontside 540 and Cab 720 on the Step Up Step Down Combo, switch backside 900 and backside 720 on the kickers, finishing off with a frontside alley-oop 270 and a frontside 360. “I really liked the Slopestyle course today,” he said. “I am very happy about winning here, this is my very first international title. I am happy with my riding, even I didn’t manage to do all the tricks I wanted to do.”
Junior Slopestyle Results Girls
1. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), Burton, 93.63
2. Chloé Sillieres (FRA), Roxy, 93.00
3. Katie Ormerod (UK), Roxy, 80.55
Junior Slopestyle Results Boys
1. Stian Kleivdal (NOR), Billabong, 87.45
2. Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR), Burton, 86.35
3. Kyle Mack (USA), Burton, 81.45
In the pipe yesterday, 51 groms under 14 years representing 14 countries were competing. Clearly dominating on the girls side was US rider Zoe Kalapos who impressed judges most with a frontside air, backside tailgrab, frontside 540, backside mute, frontside 360 Indy and finishing off with a Cab 360. Zoe said the following after herwin: “I am really happy to be here and to win today. Conditions weren’t easy with the fresh snow in the pipe, but I am very stoked!” In 2nd place Katie Ormerod (GBR) who claimed her 2nd podium spot within two days, followed by Swiss rider Ramona Petrig in 3rd.
On the boys side two riders were pushing the riding level clearly. In the end it was 14 year old Kyle Mack (USA) who took home the prestigious title and the top spot, claiming his 2nd podium spot whithin two days after his 3rd rank at the Junior Slopestyle event yesterday. Kyle’s winning run included a sensational frontside 1080 tail, a Haakon Flip 720, followed by a frontside 900 Indy and a backside 540 mute finishing off with a Crippler. Kyle had this to say: “It feels amazing! I’m really stoked! It’s a lot of fun being at the BEO and it was such a great day!” Seamus O’Connor (IRE) – also no stranger to the BEO as he competed here in LAAX several times already – end up 2nd followed by Stian Kleivdal (NOR), yesterday’s Slopestyle winner.
This was it for the youngest riders at the 13th Burton European Open.Once again lots of talent was witnessed. From today onwards the adults are taking over the BEO.
Junior Halfpipe Results Girls
1. Zoe Kalapos (USA), Rossignol, 87.00
2. Katie Ormerod (GBR), Roxy, 78.60
3. Ramona Petrig (SUI), Nitro, 76.00
Junior Halfpipe Results Boys
1. Kyle Mack (USA), Burton, 97.40
2. Seamus O’Connor (IRL), Nike, 95.80
3. Stian Kleivdal (NOR), Billabong, 89.20
Due to tough weather conditions, the organizers have re-scheduled the programme for the next two days:
Monday, 27th February, 2012: Men’s Slopestyle Qualification (pre-qualification now counts as qualification round with 30 riders moving directly into Semi-Finals)
Tuesday, 28th February, 2012: Men’s Halfpipe Pre-Qualification & Qualification & Women’s Halfpipe Qualification
If you can’t make it to LAAX, we’ll be bringing you our take on the action from Wednesday, and you can also watch the live webcast from Feb. 29th – March 3rd, 2012 on www.redbull.tv.