When: Mon 9th of February 2009
Where: Calgary, Canada
Riding under bright sunny skies in early spring-like conditions at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, Norwegian rider Mikkel Bang and Silvia Mittermueller out of Germany took home the Slopestyle Titles, $7500 USD and 850 TTR Ranking points today at the inaugural Swatch TTR 5Star Burton Canadian Open.
Amazingly, Czech rider Sarka Pancochova, despite only finishing 7th in Calgary, managed to squeeze out enough points to move into TTR World No. 2, just one point ahead of now TTR World No. 3 Lisa Wiik, who finished 4th. “It's been an amazing week for me," said Wiik. “And I can't believe that I am in World No. 3 now. I think that is the highest I have ever been!" On the men’s side, Reid’s podium finish pushed him into the TTR Top 5. “It feels really good to be in the TTR Top 5," he said. “TTR is a big thing for snowboard contests, so it feels so good."
Riders were loving the warm weather, the excellent snow conditions and the toned down and spread out park at what was thought by many to be one of the most progressive women’s competitions to date. The battle for the podium started early in the semi-finals with Sarka Pancochova busting out a massive BS Rodeo that confirmed her a spot in the finals. However, once the eight-women, three-run final commenced, Pancochova was unable to stick her monster tricks when it counted, paving the way to the podium for shredders Silvia Mittermueller, Megan Ginter (USA) and Mary Sallah (USA).
Ginter set the pace early in the finals and grabbed second place with her first run stomping a Boardslide to FS Boardslide, FS 50/50 BS 180 Out, a Cab 540 into a sick BS 720 and opting for some creative combos on the final jibs. Sallah took third with some solid rail tricks, a Cab 5 and a BS 3, but on her third run, Mittermueller floored everyone from the judges to the other riders. After laying down a 50/50 to FS Boardslide and a FS boardslide to Fakie, Silvia landed a sick Switch BS 5 and went right into a FS 7 tail, landing perfectly to ultimately stand tallest on the podium.
The men had an equally impressive contest, with a strong contingent of riders going for gold until the bitter end. Still holding on to Swatch TTR World No. 2, Chas Guldemond was slaying it from the beginning with a good looking BS 12 in his bag of tricks, but some epic second runs from Canadian riders Charles Reid and Sebastian Toutant turned up the heat resulting in a 4th place for Guldemond.
Mikkel Bang took top prize on his third run with his perfect Switch BS 12 and styled out BS Rodeo Stalefish after stomping a FS Nosepress through the Flatdown and 270 to FS Boardslide on the upper rails and a BS Lipslide and 540 mushroom bonk on the lower jibs. Canadians Toutant and Reid fired out their own double cork renditions, Toutant opting for a Cab 9 into a BS Double Cork 1080 for second and Reid taking things Frontside with a Cab 9 and FS 1080 Double Flip.
The Slopestyle session brings the first annual Swatch TTR 5Star Burton Canadian Open to a close, but to catch all the video highlights and fully updated rankings head on over to www.ttrworldtour.com where you can also find news from the 5Star Crans Montana Champs and the 5Star Red Bull Snowscrapers. For full replays of all the action form the Great White North head on over to www.go211.com.