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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
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Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
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New Zealand's Rebecca Sinclair Places Sixth At Burton US Open (14-Mar-11)

Stratton, Vermont, March 14, 2011 - Rebecca 'Bex' Sinclair achieved a sixth

Rebecca ‘Bex’ Sinclair achieved a sixth place finish at the world’s biggest and most prestigious open snowboarding event, the TTR World Tour 6-Star Burton US Open, in Stratton Vermont yesterday on the final day of competition after a grueling week of qualifying, semi-finals and heavy rainfall.   The week kicked off following training cancellation due to torrential rain with dazzling performances from Sinclair and Mitch Brown – both qualifying in first place in the halfpipe.

Sinclair landed her first frontside 900 in competition to achieve a 95 point score out of a possible 100.  

Sinclair, went from strength to strength during the semi-finals finishing the first of her two runs in eighth place, before stepping up to fourth position in her second run and gaining a coveted spot in the six-women finals.  

To illustrate the strength of the field, Sinclair was joined in finals by four Olympic medalists (Kelly Clark, USA: gold 2002, bronze 2010; Hannah Teter, USA: gold 2006, silver 2010; Gretchen Bleiler, USA: silver 2006; Kjersti Buaas, NOR: bronze 2006) and halfpipe competition veteran Soko Yamoaka from Japan.

Rebecca Sinclair

Unfortunately the day did not go according to plan for Mitch Brown who fell prey to the tough conditions sketching out on both his runs and not making the tight cut to finals.

Finals day and the rain stopped.  The halfpipe was not in ideal condition, but the riders dug deep and pulled out some impressive riding.

“Bex struggled with speed into her first hit and was unable to land the frontside 900 she had put down in qualifying,” said coach Tom Willmott.   “With an all-star field it was not time to play it safe, so Bex persevered but suffered a heavy crash on her third and final run of the event having to settle for a respectable sixth place finish.”  

The women’s event was won by Kelly Clark landing a frontside 1080 on her victory lap.  

The men’s event was won by 2010 US Open champion Kazu Kokubo from Japan. 

Stefi Luxton was next up to fly the kiwi flag in women’s slopestyle making it through from the qualifying rounds in seventh place.  

Ben Comber, at his first Global Open almost broke his tailbone on his last run of training, but made it through the pre-qualifying round in men’s slopestyle.  

Semi-finals, and the NZ contingent was boosted with invited riders Rebecca ‘Possum’ Torr and Shelly Gottlieb.  

Fresh snow, bad visibility and competition delays greeted the crew.  The slopestyle girls got close but failed to make it through to the six-women finals, Gotlieb finished in seventh place despite an aggressive first run just missing out on finals with Torr right behind her in eighth.  Luxton finished 13th in slopestyle and was sixth at the rail jam.  

Eric Willett (USA) went on to win the men’s slopestyle event, with Enni Rukjarvi (FIN) taking out the women’s.  

Torr is winging her way to France for a coveted spot at the European X-Games, while the rest of the team head back to Colorado for spring training.  

The Junior World Champs is on in Italy early April, and will be the last international event for NZ Snowboard team members.  It has been another big season of international competition highlighted by great results at the FIS World Champs, Dew Tour and Global Open Series.

For official website of the Burton Global Open checkout www.opensnowboarding.com.

 
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