After a tough week of wild weather at Mammoth Mountain, the skies cleared for two amazing days of halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at the 5Star Sprint Grand Prix. Halfpipe qualifiers and finals went off today with Louie Vito (USA) taking the title for the men and Elena Hight (USA) claiming the victory for the women. Yesterday's slopestyle finals saw Chas Guldemond (USA) and Joanna Dzierzawski (USA) take the wins. Each of these victors took home a cool $10,000 USD each.
Following a condensed qualifier round in the morning due to the harsh weather earlier in the week, 16 men and 8 women took to the pipe for finals. The halfpipe was in prime shape and Louie Vito capitalized on the the perfect conditions to take the win. It all came down to Louie's last run, and the final run of the competition, that included a frontside double cork 1080 to a Cab double cork 1080 that was enough to beat out second place finisher Greg Bretz (USA) and Luke Mitrani (USA) who took third.
For the women, it was a tight competition in the pipe between Elena Hight and Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) who both landed some solid tricks with amplitude. However, Elena's first run held up and then she actually bettered her score on her victory lap with a large method, frontside 540, backside 900, frontside 720, Cab 720 and ended with a stylish alley pop backside rodeo. Elena was pleased with her win saying, “It's been a long day and I was happy to qualify first. And, I'm definitely stoked on the win. It was a really fun day.” Kaitlyn Farrington ended her day in second place and Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) took third.
The final 6Star event of the season, the Burton US Open, is right around the corner with the first official day scheduled for Monday, March 5th, 2012. The US Open will play host to the crowning of the men's and women's TTR World Tour Champions in Overall, Halfpipe and Slopestyle disciplines.