Comox Valley slopestylers turned in solid performances at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, Colorado on the weekend. Darcy Sharpe of Comox was sixth in men’s while Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay was second in women’s.
In women’s, Olympic champion Jamie Anderson of the U.S., was the winner with 87.55. Just back from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics O’Brien, the defending event champion, displayed some impressive 720’s and a switch 540 to place second at 80.00. Isabel Derungs of Switzerland was third at 71.90.
In men’s, Olympic bronze medallist Mark McMorris of Regina continued a superb season on Friday winning the gold medal. McMorris, Canada’s first medallist at the 2014 Sochi Games last month, took the gold earning his best score on his second of three runs at 87.50.
Olympic silver medallist Stale Sandbech of Norway was second at 87.20 and Maxence Parrot, from Bromont, Que., was third at 84.30. Sébastien Toutant of Montreal was fourth at 83.35.
Along with the X Games and Dew Tour, the U.S. Open is one of the major events on the snowboard season. It is also the oldest dating back to 1982.
– Snowboard Canada