Scenes from the 2017 Burton US Open in Vail |

Scenes from the 2017 Burton US Open in Vail

Photos by Phil Lindeman
with Aaron Sewell
Poachers roll through the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe between events on the final day of halfpipe competition on Feb. 4 in Vail.
Aaron Sewell / Special to the Daily |

So for a day or two there it looked like there might be some minor upsets at the 2017 Burton US Open. Shaun White was sitting in second behind Australian wunderkind Scotty James after men’s halfpipe semifinals early in the week, and Sweden’s Sven Thorgren managed to one-up perpetual favorite Mark McMorris in men’s slopestyle. Only Chloe Kim and Jamie Anderson qualified where they have been all season — in first place for women’s pipe and slope — but both still had strong fields of unknowns and veterans hot on their heels. The podiums wouldn’t be earth-shattering, like an NCAA Cinderella story, but they promised to be interesting.

And they were, kinda, like an almost-Cinderella story snuffed out by the favorites. White rebounded on Saturday afternoon to score the highest total for any finalist with a 92.74 ahead of James, and McMorris returned on Friday afternoon with an 86.95 to beat Thorgren and fellow Canadian Michale Cicarelli. Kim topped a U.S. sweep of the women’s podium ahead of Elena Hight and Maddie Mastro, leaving only Anderson as the one who should’ve won — but didn’t. Austrian Anna Gasser scored an 83.85 to top the American, 81.55, for the slimmest margin of victory in Vail this March.

But hey — they sun was shining, the days were warm and the crowds were happy. That’s about all these champs (and would-be champs) will remember. Until next year.

Women’s slopestyle finals results | March 3

1. Anna Gasser (AUT) — 83.85

2. Jamie Anderson (USA) — 81.55

3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN) — 75.65

4. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) — 69.90

5. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) — 66.60

Men’s slopestyle finals results | March 3

1. Mark McMorris (CAN) — 86.95

2. Michael Ciccarelli (CAN) — 82.65

3. Sven Thorgren (SWE) — 81.85

4. Mons Roisland (NOR) — 79.35

5. Chris Corning (USA) — 79.20

6. Stale Sandbech (NOR) — 78.35

7. Redmond Gerard (USA) — 76.85

8. Sebastien Toutant (CAN) — 76.55

9. Sebbe De Buck (BEL) — 45.90

10. Brandon Davis (USA) — 41.40

Women’s halfpipe finals results | March 4

1. Chloe Kim (USA) — 87.12

2. Elena Hight (USA) — 80.12

3. Maddie Mastro (USA) — 78.25

4. Sena Tomita (JPN) — 77.00

5. Haruna Matsumoto (JPN) — 75.00

Men’s halfpipe finals results | March 4

1. Shaun White (USA) — 92.74

2. Scotty James (AUS) — 82.87

3. Chase Josey (USA) — 79.87

4. Iouri Podlatchikov (SUI) — 78.24

5. Raibu Katayama (JPN) — 77.75

6. Danny Davis (USA) — 59.50

7. Ayumu Hirano (JPN) — 51.00

8. Pat Burgener (SUI) — 46.87

9. David Habluetzel (SUI) — 44.87

10. Jake Pates (USA) — 38.62

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