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Last night in a driving snow storm, Shaun White single handedly took snowboard Superpipe riding to a whole new level with his insane run, which started with a 20 foot backside method and ended it with double mctwist 1260. And yes you read that right; Mr. White now has three different double cork tricks in the same run with more amplitude than his competitors.
Also, standing out last night was Oakley’s young gun and Olympic hopeful Greg Bretz of Mammoth Lakes, California. The teen session stuck an amazing first run in the finals, posting a 46.7, which was good enough for his first podium in this US Grand Prix season. Bretz now stands within one more good result in making the US Olympic Snowboard Men’s Superpipe Team.
“The pressure of making the US Olympic snow board team was peaking last night in Park City, Utah,” said Oakley Snowboard Sports Marketing Manager, Matty Swanson. “And Oakley’s riders stood up to the challenge. Greg Bretz, Shaun White, and Ellery Hollingsworth all stood on the podium tonight. And with the level of riding so high, spectators witnessed some of the best Superpipe riding ever.”
On the women’s side, Ellery Hollingsworth came out blasting and scoring her first podium as well this season, grabbing a solid third place finish. Ellery threw down some seriously tech tricks including a frontside 900 and cab 900 in her third place run. Look for Ellery to push for the fourth and final spot on the US Olympic Snowboard Women’s Superpipe Team.
On a wet stormy winter night, Oakley raised the bar and once again provided the best in optical performance. Under the lights of the Superpipe riders were heating up after numerous practice runs. And Oakley product once again let the athletes perform at the highest level. Shaun White wore Persimmon A Frame Lens, Greg Bretz a Clear Crowbar Lens, and Ellery Hollingsworth in Clear A Frame Lens.
After last night’s event the men’s standings are as follows. Oakley riders JJ Thomas is in 4th place, Greg Bretz in 5th, and Zack Black in 6th. So it will all come down to the final runs from our men’s team on Saturday night to see which one will be named to the 2010 US Olympic Snowboard roster. With your best two standings counting towards the US team, Shaun White has officially already made the team with three 1st place finishes. While Greg Bretz, JJ Thomas, and Zack Black are all in the hunt for one of the other spots up for grabs on the team, to join Shaun White to represent in Vancouver next month.
The women’s Olympic team won’t be determined until the final run is complete, too. But after last night’s event here are the standings for Oakley’s women’s riders. Gretchen Bleiler is in 2nd Elena Hight in 4th, and Ellery Hollingsworth in 5th only 50 points behind Ellery. The girls have been riding hard and we will expect some new runs tonight. As they will need to bring their best runs to solidify their spot on the US Olympic Women’s snowboard team.
2010 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix
Park City, UT – Jan. 22, 2010
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 49.00 (Oakley)
2. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 47.70
3. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 46.70 (Oakley)
4. Elijah Teter, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 44.00
5. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 44.00
6. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 43.30
7. JJ Thomas, Golden, CO, 43.00 (Oakley)
8. Danny Kass, Portand, OR, 42.70 (Oakley)
9. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 42.00
10. Dylan Bidez, Minturn, CO, 41.30
1. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT, 45.20
2. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 44.80
3. Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton, VT, 43.60 (Oakley)
4. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 42.50 (Oakley)
5. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 40.00 (Oakley)
6. Kaitlin Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 39.20
7. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 31.40
8. Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, CA, 29.40 (Oakley)
9. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 19.30