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Burton US Open 2018 – Chloe Kim & Ayumu Hirano Win Halfpipe Finals

First win for Ayumu, while Chloe makes it three in a row

All the folk who became Chloe Kim fans after Pyeongchang (Oscar winners included) will have been delighted to see the young American take a third consecutive Burton US Open halfpipe title.

  1. Chloe Kim – 85.87
  2. Maddie Mastro – 82.99
  3. Haruna Matsumoto – 78.75
  4. Xuetong Cai – 78.25
  5. Kelly Clark – 75.25
  6. Jaiyu Liu – 30.37

Despite not qualifying in first place, she was still the one most likely to take the top spot. A fairly conservative run – backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 900, McTwist – put her ahead of the rest of the field.

“Top qualifier Maddie Mastro might feel hard done by, after landing an interesting seven-hit run”

At times it wasn’t the prettiest, and a mere five hits seems low in such a massive pipe, but the judges were happy to hand her the threepeat.

Top qualifier Maddie Mastro might feel hard done by, after landing an interesting seven-hit run that included a seatbelt grab on the backside wall, a Haakonflip and a crippler, but it’ll only make her more determined to tidy up her routine for next winter.

Taking third place was Japan’s Haruna Matsumoto, whose final run had the spins (including a frontside 1080) but lacked the grabs and the amplitude to challenge the Americans.

  1. Ayumu Hirano – 89.62
  2. Raibu Katayama – 86.75
  3. Scotty James – 83.62
  4. Ben Ferguson – 83.24
  5. Pat Burgener – 82.62
  6. Jake Pates – 74.62
  7. Derek Livingston – 67.99
  8. Naito Ando – 66.50
  9. Chase Josey – 39.00
  10. Jan Scherrer – 31.87

As for the men, top qualifier Ayumu Hirano managed to stay on top of the field. Amazingly, this is Ayumu’s first win at the US Open. He’s been a fixture of the event for years – famously poaching the pipe in 2011 at the tender age of 12 – but hasn’t ever taken the win.

Thanks to a stellar run – tweaked indy, frontside double cork 1440, cab double 1080, front double 1260, backside double 12 – he’s finally broken his duck.

“Amazingly, this is Ayumu’s first win at the US Open”

Fellow Japanese rider Raibu Katayama took second place, with a big method kicking off a technical run that finished with back-to-back 1260s. It was enough to edge out Scotty James who, despite landing three different 1260s (frontside, backside and switch backside), had to once again settle for the third step of the podium.

That’s a wrap for the Burton US Open 2018, 36 years young and still one of the biggest and best events of the season. Recap all the other events right here.


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