French Snowboarder Mirabelle Thovex Wins Burton European Open Girls’ Halfpipe Contest

Fifteen-year-old French snowboarder Mirabelle Thovex won yesterday’s Burton European Open girls halfpipe contest. Despite extremely challenging weather conditions which included low visibility and a snowy halfpipe, Mirabelle put together two strong runs that included back-to-back 5s and a 7, giving her an impressive lead over the 14 other girls who competed in the contest.

“I’m very happy to win my first Burton European Open halfpipe competition," said Mirabelle. “Even though the weather was tough, the pipe was in a really great shape and fun to ride."

Swiss rider Emilie Aubry took second place in the competition followed by German rider Melanie Hofmeister in third place.

The boys junior halfpipe competition was originally scheduled to follow the girls finals, but due to very low visibility and heavy snow conditions, the boys halfpipe finals is postponed until today, January 24, 2007.

Mirabelle will take home a Land Rover bicycle, and all three girls received Motorola cell phones & goodie bags.

Halfpipe Results:

Girls Junior:

  • 1. Thovex Mirabelle, FRA
  • 2. Emilie Aubry, SUI
  • 3. Melanie Hofmeister, GER

Girls Youth:

1. Silje Norendal, NOR