ANDERSON MAINTAINS TOUR LEAD; FIGHT CONTINUES WITH NIPPON OPEN HALFPIPE
Under sunny Japanese skies Mikkel Bang from Norway and Jenny Jones from Great Britain won the Slopestyle competition at the Swatch TTR FIVE(5) STAR Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open. Due to heavy snowfall, the Slopestyle event in ALTS Bandai, Japan was rescheduled and took place today, Friday February 29th, 2008. Many TTR Ranking changes occurred after the Slopestyle, but there is still a chance for big moves and possibly a new Women’s Tour Leader after the approaching Halfpipe show down taking place on March 2nd.
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The women were first to hit the park that consisted of a rail setup up top, a big 50-foot kicker and a big corner at the bottom. Jenny Jones finished 1st in front of US rider Jamie Anderson, who still maintains her hold on Tour Lead with her second place, and Izumi Amaike from Japan who finished third. Earning 850 ranking points and now sitting at TTR World No. 4, Jones moved past 06/07 TTR Tour Champion Torah Bright (AUS) who didn't make the finals. Swiss rider Sina Candrian finished 9th and now entered the Swatch TTR Top 5 pushing fellow Swiss rider Ursina Haller down to TTR World No. 6.
Sunday's FIVE(5)STAR Halfpipe event will give the top female title contenders another chance to collect crucial TTR ranking points. If Anderson makes the final she will be able to stay in TTR World No. 1. Torah Bright could move past Jenny Jones after the Halfpipe competition and the Tour Lead if she beats Kelly Clark and Jamie Anderson places 10th or lower.
1. Jenny Jones GBR 2. Jamie Anderson USA 3. Izumi Amaike JPN 4. Claudia Fliri AUT 5. Kelly Clark USA 6. Mitsumi Takahashi JPN 7. Meri Peltonen FIN 8. Ellery Hollingsworth USA 9. Sina Candrian SUI 10. Yuki Ueno JPN