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Frisco’s Willett wins U.S. Open

Eric Willett of the United States flies to first-place finish in the men's slopestyle event at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, Vt., on Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

STRATTON, Vt. – Summit County native Eric Willett won the slopestyle competition at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at soggy Stratton Mountain, Vt., on Friday.

Willett, who lives in Frisco and rides for Breckenridge Ski Resort, edged out Canadian Mark McMorris 90.40-87.80, slogging through fog and rain on the slushy course in Vermont.

Enni Rukajarvi won the women’s division, beating Jamie Anderson 86.50-84.80.

Norwegians Silje Norendal (78.70) and Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas (74.50) and Canada’s Spencer O’Brien (58.50) rounded out the top five.

Shaun White, a two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist, pulled out earlier in the week. He cited a foot injury that will require surgery.

For Willett, Friday marked his second major win of the season. He placed first at the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour just a month ago and has cemented himself among the very best in a sport that is progressing at each and every competition.

Willett is also the owner of two X Games medals, including a gold from the first-ever Winter X Euro competition last season.

Summit Daily’s Bryce Evans contributed to this report.

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