There’ll be a few aches and pains amongst the halfpipe competitors at the 2017 Burton US Open today. A few riders crunched themselves on the top deck, especially by the second run of the men’s event as most chose to go for broke.
The body count was less high in the women’s event, where the Americans dominated on home turf. Once again it was Chloe Kim leading the charge; despite not looking her best, she managed to post the highest score of the day on her first attempt. Rival/mentor Kelly Clark took third, with Maddie Mastro in second.
“There were around half a dozen massive slams at the same section of wall”
Despite being on the wrong side of 30, Hannah Teter showed she could still pose a threat, but unfortunately her runs didn’t come together well enough to make the final. With Haruna Matsumoto, Sena Tomita and X Games champ Elena Kuntz-Hight taking the other three spots, only American and Japanese riders will be gunning for medals on Saturday.