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Tough Conditions Were No Match For Shredders At 3-Star Norwegian Championships


Geilo, Norway – April 7th, 2008: As one of the few competitions left on the 07/08 Tour, the Swatch TTR 3-Star Norwegian Championships took place this past weekend attracting incredible Norwegian riders who competed in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle formats. Tore Holvik and TTR World No. 4 Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas stood atop the Halfpipe podiums as Gjermund Braaten and Helene Olafsen claimed top honours in the Slopestyle. All top finishing riders bagged 550 TTR ranking points to go along with their TTR Titles.Geilo local Tore Holvik, who moved up to TTR World No. 38, won the mens Halfpipe with a solid run, as per usual, that included a FS Mute, a BS 5, back-to-back 9s and a straight Air Stalefish. Despite unfavourable conditions, Holvik displayed the utmost professionalism pushing forward to grab hold of the Title: The conditions were bad with wind and flat light, said Holvik. But I managed to do my run, and now Im just happy! Following him in second place was Per Iver Grimsrud with Stian Sivertzen rounding out the top three. On the womens side, Kjersti Oestgard Buaas who currently resides at Swatch TTR World No. 4, confirmed shes one of the best female riders in the business, taking home the womens Halfpipe title with a run consisting of a FS Indy, a BS Air, a FS 5 and sick Inverted 7. “The conditions werent the best, with bad visibility and a pipe that was a bit bumpy after a whole day of riding, which made it difficult to show your best riding said Kjersti after her winning run. But it feels good to win the NC, especially since there were many competitors this year. Norwegian riders Lisa Wiik and Helene Olafsen took second and third in the womens Halfpipe behind Kjersti. The Slopestyle session continued the story of the Norwegian Champs. Local hero Gjermund Braaten was stomping with authority and bagged the mens Slopestyle Title. Braaten tore the complex course a new one, with a Cab 270 to Fakie on the staircase, a Blunt to Fakie, a Switch FS Lipslide, and a FS Disaster Revert on the wallride. Braaten took it home on the 3-kicker line with a Cab 7 and stylish back-to-back 9s. Braaten was followed by Paal-Fredrik S. Brekka in second and Roger Kleivdal in third.Back to the women, Kjersti Buaas was the favourite going into the Slopestyle, but to everyones surpsrise, Helene Olafsen took the title. Helenes run consisted of sick Boardslide combos on the rails and three 360 variations off the kickers. Kjersti still threw down to take second as Swatch TTR World No. 11 Lisa Wiik stood third on the Slopestyle podium. Remember to visit for all your TTR Tour needs, including sick videos from the worlds best snowboarding competitions alongside fresh news, blogs and ranking changes from a huge variety of top-level events. Top 5 Results for 3-Star Norwegian ChampionshipsHalfpipeMenTore HolvikPer Iver GrimsrudStian SivertzenGjermund BraatenStian AannestadWomenKjersti Oestgaard BuaasLisa WiikHelene OlafsenLinn HaugElin HolvikSlopestyleMenGjermund BraatenPaal-Fredrik S. BrekkaRoger KleivdalStian AannestadKim Rune HansenWomenHelene OlafsenKjersti Oestgaard BuaasLisa WiikElin HolvikMerete Bolleviken