Bleiler, White Win Grand Prix
Oakley’s Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler took the top podium spots Saturday as the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix kicked off at Breckenridge Resort.
In the women’s competition, Bleiler threw out a crippler, frontside alley-oop to a frontside 540 truck driver finishing with a backside 540 and frontside 900, earning her a score of 45.3.
"It’s nice to win the first contest of the season," Bleiler said. "It’s always great for confidence. I’ve been riding the past couple of days and early season is always hard for me because it takes me a little while to get back to that level I was riding at [the end of last season]. I was able to step up today and it feels good to overcome that battle."
In the men’s competition, White’s entry came as a surprise. But according to him, not planning to compete took the added pressure off.
"This year I’m just trying to have some fun and not really put too much pressure on things and so I wasn’t going to do the event. Then, I just knew, I was here, I felt good and I just went for it," said White, who also led the qualifying round Friday. "It was more fun I think because there wasn’t really pressure thinking about it the whole week."
White won the Chevrolet Grand Prix with a straight air into a backside 900 to a frontside 1080, finishing with a Cab 1080 and a frontside 900.
It was an amazing day for U.S. riders as they dominated the top three podium spots in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Nine countries and nearly 150 riders competed in the Grand Prix.