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Shaun White and Chloe Kim Win 2016 Burton US Open Halfpipe Titles & Jamie Anderson and Kyle Mack Win 2016 Burton US Open Slopestyle Titles.
Vail, CO (March 5, 2016) — Chloe Kim (USA) and Shaun White (USA) earned the winning US Open halfpipe titles at the 34th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships, walking away $45,000 dollars richer and adding their names to the legendary list of halfpipe winners—in Shaun’s case for the sixth time. The field of 10 men and six women were treated to a perfectly sculpted 22-foot pipe and an energetic, packed crowd at Vail Mountain in a best of three-run finals format.
Shaun White (USA) thrilled the crowd earning the top two scores of the day, maintaining a seven-point lead throughout the competition. He dominated the halfpipe with a technically difficult and stylish run showing that he is still the reigning king of the pipe. Shaun took his run to a whole new height landing what might have been his biggest air ever, coming up even with the 25-foot tall height meter on his first backside hit. From there he blasted into a frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, to Cab double cork 1080 melon, into a frontside inverted 540 stalefish, backside double cork 1260 Japan, finishing with a frontside double cork 1260 stalefish.
This win follows a two-year hiatus from the US Open following his most recent wins in 2013 and 2012. Shaun said of this win, “It feels great – every time I show up I want to win just as badly as the time before. I took last season off to get pumped on the sport again. I just wanted to have some fun and take a little breather from contests. Now that I’m back, it feels right, it feels good.” Shaun added, “I’ve been coming to this event since I was a little kid. It’s not only a tradition, it’s one of the world’s best events. Look at the crowd today it was incredible!”