2013 Burton US Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results



Vail Mountain, CO (February 28, 2013) – Top riders from around the world competed in halfpipe semi-finals at the 31st annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain. Kelly Clark and Scotty Lago qualified in the top spots for the finals, which are taking place on Saturday, March 2nd.


On the women's side, Kelly Clark went for huge amplitude with a run that started out with quite possibly the biggest crippler 720 stalefish grab ever done by a woman in competition, followed by a Cab 720 mute grab, lien air, backside 540 mute grab, frontside 540 indy grab and rounded out with a backside air. Right behind her was Arielle Gold (USA) in second and Queralt Castellet (ESP) in third. In total, 21 women from six different countries competed in Vail's first-ever Olympic-sized halfpipe, and the top six riders will advance to the Burton US Open halfpipe finals.

In the men's semi-finals, Scotty Lago led the field with a stylish winning run that included a frontside 540 indy grab to a backside 900 mute grab, frontside 900 nose grab, backside air, frontside 1080 truckdriver grab and finished things off with a Cab 720 mute grab.Close behind him was Olympian Shaun White (USA) in second and Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) in third. All in all, 38 men from seven different countries competed in today's halfpipe semi-finals, and 12 solidified a sought-after spot in the US Open halfpipe finals.

Women's Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:

1. Kelly Clark USA, BURTON, 80.50

2. Arielle Gold USA, BURTON, 80.15

3. Queralt Castellet ESP, YONEX, 79.90

4. Kaitlyn Farrington USA, GNU, 77.80

5. Hannah Teter USA, BURTON, 74.78

6. Gretchen Bleiler USA, OAKLEY, 71.68


Men's Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:

1. Scotty Lago USA, FLOW, 85.15

2. Shaun White USA, BURTON, 83.80

3. Peetu Piiroinen FIN, NIKE, 81.75

4. Louie Vito USA, RED BULL, 81.53

5. Stale Sandbech NOR, OAKLEY, 80.45

6. Spencer Shaw USA, UNDER ARMOUR, 79.78

7. Taylor Gold, USA, BURTON, 79.03

8. Ayumu Hirano JPN, BURTON, 78.65

9. Christian Haller SUI, BURTON, 78.63

10. Ryo Aono JPN, YONEX, 77.50

11. Benji Farrow USA, THE NORTH FACE, 77.28

12. Taku Hiraoka JPN, BURTON, 76.70


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Don't miss day three of the Burton US Open with slopestyle finals beginning at 9:50am MST. Also starting tomorrow, tune-in to watch live coverage from Vail on Universal Sports and NBC Sports Network, plus original live coverage, additional airings, run replays, full webcasts, broadcast schedules and more on www.Burton.com/USO.  And remember to follow our line throughout the US Open at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, #BurtonUSOpen, twitter.com/burtonsnowboard and @burtonsnowboard on Instagram.


Results and Photos

For real-time results, go to http://live.eim-solutions.com/uso2013. Full competition results will also be posted nightly onwww.burton.com/uso.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 31st edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Resorts, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, GoPro, G-SHOCK, Shiseido, Matador, Clif, Transworld, Snowboarder, Analog, anon. and the World Snowboard Tour.


About Burton

In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton has played a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating groundbreaking products, supporting a team of top snowboarders and pushing resorts to allow snowboarding. Today, Burton designs and manufactures industry-leading products for snowboarding and the snowboard lifestyle, including snowboards, boots, bindings, outerwear and layering as well as year-round apparel, packs/bags and accessories. Privately held and owned by Jake and his wife, Burton President Donna Carpenter, Burton's headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in Austria, Japan, Australia and California. For more information, visit www.burton.com. Follow our line at: facebook.com/burtonsnowboards,twitter.com/burtonsnowboard and @burtonsnowboard on Instagram.


About MINI

MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.


About Vail Mountain

Celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2012-2013 season and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail's founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth www.vail.com