Given how easily she cruised to the top spot in the semi finals, you'd be forgiven for thinking Jamie Anderson already had her sixth Burton US Open slopestyle title sewn up. On the day, however, it was Anna Gasser that went home with the women's title.
Back in 2013 Anna became the first woman to stomp a cab double underflip, and it played a big part in her winning run. Between the cab 270 on that kicked things off and the massive front-7-shaped full stop, her routine was hard to fault.
"Jamie's cab boardslide to 450 off the cannon feature rightly wowed the judges, but she wasn't able to regain the lead"
As for Jamie, despite chasing Anna's score she stuck with a relatively conservative trick selection. The one exception was a cab boardslide to 450 off the cannon feature that rightly wowed the judges, but despite running Anna close she wasn't able to regain the lead. Spencer O'Brien rounded out the podium with a run that featured a little too much zeaching on the rails, but solid kicker tricks including a note-perfect front 7 off the toes.
As for the men's event, Mark McMorris was clearly irked at having to settle for second place in the semi-finals behind Sven Thorgren. The smart money said that he'd be fired up for the final, and it was indeed him that set the pace with a first run score that held up for the rest of the contest.
The top section was textbook McLovin, and he stepped things up further still towards the bottom. A boardslide to 810 off the cannon set him up for the last hit, a barnstorming switch backside triple cork 1620 melon. Yuki Kadono famously nailed that spin to beat Mark a couple of years ago, but this was the first time Mark had landed it in competition.
Top qualifier Sven Thorgren bagged third place with a run that included a double backside rodeo off the cannon, with Mikey Cicarelli making it a one-two for Canada. An honourable mention goes to local rider Chris Corning, who went hell-for-leather against the best in the world and wasn't far off taking a podium place. We're guessing he'll be back...