By: TTR Press Office
Laax, Switzerland Another spectacular battle ensued today in the Halfpipe at the 6Star Burton European Open. Again, 1000 Swatch TTR ranking points were on offer as well a big part of the total prize purse of $125,000 USD, motivating riders to up the ante. As in 2008.
Kelly Clark (USA) repeated her victory from 2008 and claimed first place in the women’s Halfpipe battle. She now sits in World No. 9. Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas (NOR) and Paulina Ligocka (POL) took second and third place.
Kelly Clark was doing what she does best - impressing the judges with her smooth style and solid tricks. Her winning run consisted of back to back 7s followed by back to back 5s, with a monster double overhead Frontside Air to finish it off. She has now moved up to World No.9 and was super stoked on the results “It’s great to do so well at a 6Star event here in Laax. I’ll be at all the big events and if I do well and jump up a few spots in the TTR that would be a great bonus for me”, stated Clark.
Jamie Anderson still has some breathing room in Swatch TTR World No.1, however the other girls are in hot pursuit. Sina Candrian (SUI) is behind her in World No. 2, followed closely by Kara Rennie (CAN) in three and Cheryl Maas (NED) in four. Sarka Pancochova (CZE) continued to climb the ranking today, moving into World No.7. Tailing her are today’s top finishers Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas in World No.8 and Kelly Clark in World No.9.
Season 08/09 is shaping up to the most tightly contested yet, with all the previous Tour Champions and new comers hungry for victory. Log on to www.go211.com to watch the replay from both days of competition and stay tuned to www.ttrworldtour.com for fresh videos, news, blogs, and rankings. The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour is building momentum and the race continues January 17th 2009 at the 3Star Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy, where the young guns will be looking to impress.
Burton European Open Halfpipe Top Ten Results - Women
1 Clark Kelly (USA) West Dover94.17
2 Oestgaard Buaas Kjersti (NOR) Trondheim 85.33
3 Ligocka Paulina (POL) Cieszyn 81.17
4 Haug Linn (NOR) Trondheim 78.33
5 Thost Nicola (GER) München 68.17
6 Pancochova Sarka (CZE) Uh 65.50
7 Wiik Lisa (NOR) Trondheim 63.50
8 Sadar Cilka (SLO) Ljubljana 56.33
9 Miwa Akiko (JPN) Saitama 66.00
10 McKenna Lesley (GBR) Aviemore 65.33