In a colder day with flat light, the men and women snowboarders hit the halfpipe at Copper for Day 2 of the U.S. Grand Prix during the event's debut as a World Cup competition.
On Thursday, the male freeskiers hit the slopestyle course under the Union Peak highspeed quad chairlift, while the women held off their qualifying runs until Saturday morning. The women snowboarders will compete in their slopestyle qualifiers Fthis morning - both prior to their respective finals events.
In a field of 45 female snowboarders, competition was hot to snag the eight finals slots up for grabs. The United States dominated the field, with veteran Kelly Clark earning an untouchable 94.6 score on her second run. Arielle Gold, Elena Hight, Ellergy Hollingsworth and Kaitlyn Farrington will round out the American contestants in Saturday morning's finals event. Australia's Torah Bright and Spain's Queralt Castellet were predictable additions to the field while Japan's Haruna Matsumoto will round out the lineup of eight.
If the women's snowboard competition was hot, the men's was fiery. Amidst 85 finals hopefuls, just 16 made the cut. Among them, Summit County homegrown snowboarder star Zack Black, who stomped his first run to earn the top score in the field, 94.3. Greg Bretz, China's Yiwei Zhang and Scotty Lago will enter Saturday's finals having reached into the 90s for qualifying scores.
Meanwhile, local Bobby Brown skied his way into Saturday afternoon's freeski slopestyle finals, earning a fourth-ranked 89.6 on his second run. He joins the strong American ranks (which includes Nick Goepper and Sam Carlson) amidst a more diverse international crowd in the slopestyle discipline.
Today, freeskiers hit the halfpipe for a round of finals this morning followed in the afternoon by snowboarders hitting the slopestyle course.
Athletes are competing for more than $375,000 in prize money in the Grand Prix tour as well as FIS points and rankings for Olympic eligibility now that the Grand Prix has become a World Cup event. Next stops are Park City in February and The Canyons for snowboard and skiercross which follows.
1. Zack Black (USA/Breckenridge) - 94.3
2. Greg Bretz (USA) - 92.6
3. Yiwei Zhang (China) - 90.6
4. Scott Lago (USA) - 90.0
5. Louie Vito (USA) - 89.3
6. Luke Mitrani (USA) - 88.3
7. Benjamin Farrow (USA) - 86.6
8. David Haluetzel (Switzerland) - 86.39
9. Shuhei Sato (Japan) - 85.6
10. Arthur Longo (France) - 85.3
11. Nathan Johnstone (Australia) - 84.6
12. Markus Malin (Finland) - 79.3
13. Spencer Shaw (USA) - 77.0
14. Kent Callister (Australia) - 76.6
15. Chase Josey (USA) - 75.3
16. Masakaze Yoshida (Japan) - 73.3
1. Kelly Clark (USA) - 94.6
2. Arielle Gold (USA) - 91.6
3. Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) - 90.0
4. Queralt Castellet (Spain) - 87.0
5. Torah Bright (Australia) - 86.6
6. Elena Hight (USA) - 80.6
7. Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) - 80.3
8. Haruna Matsumoto (Japan) - 76.3
1. James Woods (Great Britain) - 92.3
2. Russell Henshaw (Australia) - 91.0
3. Johan Berg (Norway) - 90.0
4. Bobby Brown (USA/Breckenridge) - 89.6
5. Sam Carlson (USA) - 88.0
6. Nick Geopper (USA) - 87.6
7. Alex Bellemare (Canada) - 86.6
8. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (Canada) - 86.0
9. Mcrae Williams (USA) - 85.6
10. Lauri Kivari (Finland) - 88.3
11. Per Kristian Hunder (Norway) - 88.3
12. Alex Schlopy (USA) - 82.6