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Snowboarding - 06. March 2008.

BRIGHT NEW SWATCH TTR WORLD NO. 1 AFTER HP WIN AT NIPPON OPEN

Champion Torah Bright from Australia who not only won the women’s Halfpipe in Japan, but also moved into TTR World No. 1. Bright now sits just a few points ahead of TTR World No. 2 Jamie Anderson (USA) who did not qualify for the Halfpipe final.

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1. Torah Bright AUS
2. Gretchen Bleiler USA
3. Manuela Pesko SUI
photo Shane Eecen / Burton / TTR


Bright took an early lead with her first Halfpipe run of the day after only qualifying 7th for the finals. A fall on her second attempt pushed her to better her score on her third and final attempt that included a FS 5, a massive McTwist, her signature stylish Air to Fakie Tailgrab, an epic Cab 7, finally ending with a BS Alley-oop Indy 3. Now as the Women’s Tour leader, Bright will be looking to keep her Tour lead through the rest of the season and defend her Tour Championship:

"It feels really good to be leading the TTR world tour at the moment,” said Bright after her Title win. “I’m just hoping that I can keep up the consistency at the contests to stay up on top until the Roxy Chicken Jam and take the TTR title once again. But anybody can take it from me at anytime. It’s still a tight race to the end with Jamie, Kelly and Jenny. It would be amazing to get two in a row, maybe the hat trick. I’d like a hat trick. I thought it was always special in cricket to get a hat trick."

Gretchen Bleiler (USA) who finished second in the Women’s Halfpipe in Japan is now in the TTR Top 40. Bleiler stomped one of the best runs of the day starting things off with a crippler going straight into a nice method. She turned things up a notch with her third hit going into a FS 9 Melon, followed by a BS Indy and finishing with a FS 7 Lien Air. Manuela Pesko from Switzerland finished 3rd and is now just inside the TTR Top 20. Pesko’s run included a BS 5 Mute, a FS 7 Lien Air, a Cab 3 Mute, a FS Air and a BS 7 Mute.

Women

1. Torah Bright AUS
2. Gretchen Bleiler USA
3. Manuela Pesko SUI
4. Soko Yamaoka JPN
5. Ellery Hollingsworth USA
6. Yayoi Tamura JPN
7. Shiho Nakashima JPN
8. Keiko Ohkura JPN
9. Kelly Clark USA
10. Rika Hatta JPN
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