Mark-McMorris_2011-USOpen

Mark McMorris

Stratton Mountain, VT (March 9, 2011) Temperatures dipped to a frigid low today at Stratton Mountain, but that didn’t keep the competition from heating up in the men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals at the 29th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Ten men and six women advanced to the US Open slopestyle finals, which take place this Friday, March 11th.

The big news from today’s competition is that Jamie Anderson qualified in first place, so she has officially secured the women’s TTR World Tour Championship title by amassing the most TTR points for the season. Spencer O’Brien, Silje Norendal, Enni Rukajarvi, Jordie Karlinski and Kjersti Buaas also earned a spot in the women’s slopestyle finals.

On the men’s side, Eric Willet led the field after nailing his first run, consisting of a 270 to boardslide, backside tailside 450 out, Cab double cork 900, tailside 270 out, frontside 900 tail grab and capped with a switch backside double cork 1080. Also advancing to the men’s slopestyle finals are Mark McMorris, Chas Guldemond, Torgeir Bergrem, Jeremy Thompson, Emil UIlsletten, Ulrik Badertscher, Jason Dubois, Janne Korpi and Sondre Tiller.

Tomorrow holds no shortage of action at the US Open, as the top men and women take to the halfpipe for semi-finals.

If you can’t make it to Stratton, check out four days of live webcasts starting today on burton.com or metacafe.com. The US Open, presented by MINI, will also air on ESPN2 on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

2011 US Open Competition & Entertainment Schedule
Thursday, March 10 – Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 11 – Slopestyle Finals; The Jam Finals & FREE ‘Flosstradamus’ show
Saturday, March 12 – Halfpipe Finals & FREE performance by ‘The Sounds’
Sunday, March 13 – Junior Jam

For more information on the US Open, head to www.opensnowboarding.com or call the US Open Media Room at (802) 297-4820.

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Burton would like to thank MINI, Stratton Mountain Resort, Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, Metacafe.com, Contour, Paul Mitchell, Nature Valley, Mountain Dew, Nokia, Nintendo, SteelSeries, Revv, Shiseido, RED, Gravis, anon and Analog for their support of the US Open. For more information on the US Open, head to www.opensnowboarding.com.

About the Burton Global Open Series
The Burton Global Open Series events are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to a global competition series, attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. With events held in New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the United States, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe.

About MINI
The MINI brand is represented by 1,300 dealers in more than 80 countries. Since 2001, over 1.8 million MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman models have been sold. As the presenting sponsor of the Burton Global Open Series, MINI will be supporting the renowned snowboard manufacturer for the first time in 2011. As part of this partnership, MINI has launched a special rider award that draws on the MINI philosophy of using space intelligently. The Creative Use of Space Award will go to the most creative snowboarders who make their mark through inventiveness, riding fun and aesthetics – values that apply in equal measure to Burton and MINI.

About Metacafe
Metacafe Sports Live is your hookup for hot-ticket events in the action sports world: Snow, Skate, Surf, Bike. Featuring interactive live webcasts of key competitions around the world alongside exclusive interviews with top athletes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and must-see moments caught on video, Metacafe Sports Live is the go-to source that keeps action sports enthusiasts plugged in. Metacafe is the first entertainment destination solely dedicated to showcasing the best videos from the world of Movies, Video Games, Sports, Music and TV. Attracting 40 million unique monthly viewers worldwide, 15 million in the U.S., Metacafe is the go-to source that keeps today’s Entertainment Drivers plugged in. Tune into www.metacafe.com March 9-12 for exhilarating coverage of the 2011 Burton US Open. Get in on the action.

About TTR PRO SNOWBOARDING
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, TTR (Ticket To Ride) PRO SNOWBOARDING, is a non-profit, rider-driven organization.  The TTR owns and operates the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour and the Swatch TTR World Ranking List and it strives to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world using authenticity, accessibility and innovation as guiding principles. TTR has developed the World Tour into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring a 10-month season calendar filled with hundreds of grass roots and major independent freestyle snowboarding events. Events are rated on a 1-through-6Star system, where all competing athletes earn TTR world ranking points based on the star level of each event; a 6Star event holds the highest allocation of ranking points. The top male and female riders are crowned TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion at the last 6Star event of the season – the Burton US Open.  For more information, visit www.ttrworldtour.com.