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Swatch TTR Battle Royale At 6Star Burton European Open


Innsbruck, Austria – 5th January, 2009: The 6Star Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland, is destined to play a pivotal role in the tightly contested Swatch TTR Title battles. From 9th – 16th January, previous TTR World Champions and uprising stars will be giving everything they have in hope of locking down some of the double 1000 TTR points to jump up in the ranking and part of the $125 000 USD event prize purse. Men and women riders will be coming together for this 6Star competition that will consist of both Slopestyle and Halfpipe formats. Current Swatch TTR World No.1, Chas Guldemond (USA), is already in Switzerland for this weeks 6Star ONeill Evolution. Depending on his results there, he will be hoping to defend the TTR tour lead. Last years Swatch TTR Tour Champion and BEO 08 Halfpipe winner, Kevin Pearce (USA), will be back in Laax looking to repeat his 2008 performance to move from World No. 7 into the TTR Top 5. 06/07 TTR Tour Champion, Shaun White (USA), will be aiming to capitalize on his recent success in Tokyo to move from his current rank in the Top 30 into the Top 10. After the recent Nissan X-Trail Jam, Shaun remarked Im going to go for it_I want to win this thing, sending an ominous warning to his rivals in the race for this years Swatch TTR World title.Finnish crowd pleaser Peetu Piiroinen has recently been stepping it up on the Swatch TTR Tour and is showing no signs of slowing down. The fact that he can hold it down on both Halfpipe and Slopestyle means he is a strong chance to move up higher in the TTR rankings. However, taking out the top spot at the BEO will be no easy task, especially with so many world class riders in attendance. Previous BEO winners Nicolas Mueller (SUI), Mikkel Bang (NOR) and Andy Finch (USA) are all strong contenders for victory and we can expect them to bust out the big maneuvers.Also snowboardings female cr