SWISS RIDERS SUCCESSFUL ON HOME TURF AT SWATCH TTR FOUR(4)STAR CRANS-MONTANA CHAMPS OPEN
Crans-Montana, Switzerland - 08.02.2008: After a difficult week of strong winds, the Swatch TTR FOUR(4)STAR Crans-Montana Champs Open presented by Rip Curl finally saw some beautiful blue bird days for the semi-finals and finals. A cheerful crowd of spectators on the Cry d’Er watched six women and twelve men going huge in the finals, proving their skills on a course that truly represents the Swatch TTR principle: only a snowboarder who can master a great variety of features, from kickers, to rails, to transitions, can claim the title.
photo F.Borgazzi/ E.Messikommer/ A.Derib/TTR
Ursina Haller, also from Switzerland, won the Champs Title in the women’s competition throwing down the best runs in the halfpipe and an equally impressive slopestyle performance. Julia Baumgartner (AUT) took the 2nd place spot and Margot Rozies (FRA) finished 3rd.
The women also threw down, with some nice 360s over the smaller kicker. Ursina Haller secured her win with a smooth FS 720 and FS 540 in the halfpipe while Julia Baumgartner impressed the crowd with a huge Nosegrab on the spine.
Both winners are taking home a piece of the $50 000 USD prize purse and 700 Swatch TTR Ranking points. Gian Simmen, who is now Swatch TTR World No. 55, said after the event “I am happy to be here and super stoked and surprised about my 2nd place.“ Ursina Haller, who has now moved into TTR World No 5, was stoked with her victory at the Champs Open saying, “I had so much fun riding with my friends today. The set up was great you don't often get the chance to ride a kicker, corner and pipe in one single course.”
Other changes in the TTR Ranking include, Sarka Pancochova (CZE) has moved into TTR World No. 13 after her 6th place finish, Julia Baumgartner who finished 2nd is now in TTR World No. 28, and French rider Margot Rozies, who finished third, is now in World No. 45.