Fisher stays hot with Grand Prix win
MOUNT BACHELOR, Ore. Less than a week after claiming his second career Winter X Games gold medal in the halfpipe, Steve Fisher of Breckenridge won the middle stop of the three-event U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix circuit on Saturday.Louie Vito and Tommy Czeschin completed a U.S. Snowboarding sweep of the men’s podium.Fisher’s victory came six days after he upset 2006 Olympic gold medalist Shaun White in the Buttermilk pipe.Kelly Clark, a two-time Olympian and gold medalist from 2002, was the women’s champion with Elena Hight second and Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler of Aspen in third.The event will air Sunday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. on NBC and again that day at 3 p.m. on Versus.”I’m really excited about all of this,” said Fisher, who also won the X Games in 2004, “My second win in like six days – yeah, this is pretty sweet. Everyone was riding really well and my run was a little different from what I did at X Games, but I just went big and smooth and that’s what it took to win this one too.”Fisher’s first run of frontside air, baskside 540, frontside 720, cab 720, frontside 900 to backside method was good enough for 44.5 points, a full 4.9 points better than the runner-up Vito.”I just bought a new condo on a golf course at the base of Breckenridge, so this is definitely going to help pay the bills on that one,” Fisher said. “I was on the podium last year at Mountain Creek, but it’s been a few years since I’ve won a Grand Prix, so this feels pretty good because these contests are always tough to win.”For Vito, a Stratton Mountain School grad, making the Grand Prix final used to be the goal, but after becoming a regular in the finals last season, stepping up to the podium was just a matter of time.
As the only man to reappear on the Grand Prix podium this season, Czeschin matched his finish at Breckenridge, placing him in good position toward winning the overall Grand Prix title and the new Chevrolet that goes along with it.Golden resident J.J. Thomas, who, like Fisher, is a member of the Breck Freeride Team, finished fifth.”All of the riders in the final are such great riders, but I think we had the three best guys up there today,” said U.S. Snowboarding head coach Mike Jankowski. “Fisher, Louie and Tommy all landed their first run and that’s 100 percent ideal – you want to get your first run stomped and then see what you can improve on with the second.”The third and final stop of the 2007 U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix is set for Feb. 22-25 at Tamarack, Idaho. It will be the first time the resort has hosted the Grand Prix and will feature both a 22-foot halfpipe and the tour’s only snowboardcross competition.2007 CHEVROLET U.S. SNOWBOARD GRAND PRIXMt. Bachelor, Ore. – Feb. 3, 2007HalfpipeMen’s Finals (12 make final)
1. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 44.52. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, OH, 39.63. Tommy Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 38.104. Ross Powers, Stratton Mountain, VT, 36.105. J.J. Thomas, Golden, CO, 35.206. Luke Wynen, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 34.007. Michael Goldschmidt, Stratton Mountain, VT, 33.808. Keir Dillon, Shawnee, PA, 32.709. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 28.8010. Tim Humphreys, Basking Ridge, NJ, 25.00
11. Ross Baker, Reno, NV, 17.4012. Broc Waring, Edwards, CO, 14.40–Women (six make final)1. Kelly Clark, Mount Snow, VT, 46.002. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 41.803. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 41.104. Torah Bright, Australia, 37.905. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 34.606. Tricia Byrnes, Stratton Mountain, VT, 34.10
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