Clark, White Win US Open Halfpipe; Mancuso Challenges For Alpine Super-G Title
Kelly Clark and Shaun White took halfpipe titles at the Burton US Open Saturday at the event’s new home in Vail, Colo. Meanwhile, alpine skier Julia Mancuso moved into position to challenge for super-G title with one race remaining.
First to snowboarding. White, from Carlsbad, Calif., won the men’s halfipe in the U.S. Open for the fifth time. US Snowboarding’s Louie Vito, from Sandy, Utah, was third.
Clark, from West Dover, Vt., won the women’s halfpipe after losing last year to teammate Elena Hight. Hannah Teter, from Belmont, Vt. was second, and Arielle Gold, a rookie from Steamboat Springs, Colo. was third.
“Being the winningest US Open champ is quite an honor,” Clark said. “It’s a big win for me today, especially since I grew up going to this event and it inspired me to be a snowboarder.”
Beautiful sunny weather brought the crowds out. It was the first time the event was held in the west, as it has been staged at Stratton Mountain, Vt., for the last 30 years.
Meanwhile, at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, World Championship bronze medalist Julia Mancuso, from Squaw Valley, Calif. finished third Sunday in the final super-G of the “regular season.” That finish was just ahead of discipline leader Tina Maze of Slovenia.
Maze now leads Mancuso by 55 points, with a maximum of 100 super-G points up for grabs March 11-17 at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Austrian Anna Fenninger won the race with local favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch second.
“I am happy to be on the podium, just trying my best every day,” Mancuso said. “I am enjoying it with the sun out. I need to win the last race and then anything can happen.”
Photo: Arielle Gold takes third at US Open (Dominique Taylor, Vail Daily)