Fisher continues podium tear at nationals |

Fisher continues podium tear at nationals

AP Photo Danny Kass, 21, of Vernon, N.J., does an alley-oop trick en route to winning the finals of the men's halfpipe competition at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain on Saturday in Bondville, Vt.

STRATTON, Vt. – U.S. Snowboarding’s Steve Fisher of the Breckenridge Freeride Team and hometown rider Tricia Byrnes of Stratton, Vt., doubled up the 22nd annual U.S. Open with matching second place results.

The result for Fisher was his fifth major podium on the year after winning two stops of the Triple Crown, the X Games and a World Cup pipe in Joetsu, Japan.

Byrnes, the 1992 U.S. Open champ, capped her season with a seventh U.S. Open podium in front of a full family cheering section.

Copper Mountain Freeridge Team member Clair Bidez finished fifth, her best showing at a national event this season.

Also adding to the record books was 2002 Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass and Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, who nabbed their career third U.S. Open titles in the jam format final. Rounding out the top 3 was Keir Dillon and Stine Kjeldaas of Norway.

“I wasn’t really sticking anything all day, and then there was a little break in the jam and I was able to refocus and then throw it together,” said Fisher, whose run included a 1080, a 900, a 720 and the signature towering backside 540.

No stranger to the Pat Malendoski cut pipe, Fisher was fourth at the 2003 U.S. Open and had nothing but positive things to say about Malendoski’s efforts.

For Byrnes, Stratton is always a homecoming.

“Stratton is like my home because every time I compete here all my family and friends come out and it’s great because it brings everything back to the beginning for me and it’s just so rad to do well here,” Byrnes said.

Other U.S. Snowboarding athletes in the finals were Mason Aguirre and Hannah Teter in fourth, while Elena Hight and Lindsey Jacobellis finished seventh and ninth respectively.

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