[Update: Check the video highlights of all the action from the Oakley Arctic Challenge.] Chas Guldemond and Jamie Anderson take the honours at the legendary TTR 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge in Oslo, Norway. Check the report...
With the training sessions and earlier rounds marred by low cloud and snowfall, there was concern that this year's Arctic Challenge might not get its chance go off to its full potential. We needn't have worried, Terje had a word with his mate Thor, who duly dropped his hammer and scattered the bad weather for the finals in Oslo's Vinterpark.
Sending it first were the women, where the USA's Jamie Anderson followed up her recent 6Star win at the BEO with another win here at the Arctic. Her run, on the excellently crafted slopestyle course, went like this: noseslide, 50-50 to backside 180, a huge switch backside 540, backside 360, tailslide to 270 out and ended her run with a smooth backside 540. Following behind Jamie was Canadian Spencer O'Brien in second and British rider Jenny Jones made her experience count to take third place.
It all came down to the final runs in the men, with each dude pushing hard to step their game up. When all's said and done, American Chas Guldemond proved that he's one of the most fearsome slopestyle riders around by putting down a near-perfect run – Cab 270 to frontside boardslide on the down rail, a switch 50-50 to method on the canon rail, Cab 1260 on the step-down jump, backside 1080 on the step-up jump, a 50-50 to backside 360 on the flat rail and finished with a crowd pleasing double backside rodeo on the last jump. Chas was pushed hard by his young compatriot Tyler Flannagan, who finished a mere 2 point behind in second, while another young up-and-comer, Sage Kotsenburg, bagged third.
Chas was pumped: "I'm really happy with the way I rode and to stay in first place through the last run really means a lot to me. I think it was my day today and it all came together perfect. What an amazing experience."
Chas and Jamie both bagged themselves a fat chunk of the $100,000 USD prize purse and 1000 Swatch TTR World Ranking points. With only one major 6Star contest left to run, Jamie's gotta be the bookies' favourite for another TTR World Tour crown, while Chas's win bumps him up a couple of places World No. 16, which set him up nicely for a run towards a piece of the $200,000 USD TTR end-of-seaon prize purse.