Results are in, but this highlight reel from Redbull is apparently “what you need to know about the 2020 Burton US Open.” Thanks for the coles notes Redbull, we’re into it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 BURTON US OPEN
Gasser and Onitsuka claim women’s medals as James lands halfpipe bronze
Yuki Kadono put on a snowboard slopestyle show for the Colorado crowd in Vail to win the 2020 Burton US Open men’s gold as Austrian Anna Gasser, Japan’s Mitabi Onitsuka and Australian Scotty James also earned competition medals.
Kadono, 23, had previously won the 2015 edition with the first ever back-to-back triple cork 1620s and was a strong contender to repeat in a stacked young field.
This time, Kadono landed the switch backside 1620 again off the final jump on the Golden Peak course to record an impressive score of 89.30 from the judges.
American Dusty Henricksen, 17, stomped a backside quadruple cork 1800 to wow the crowd for silver with compatriot Redmond Gerard in bronze thanks to a switch backside 1440, but Judd Henkes (USA) had to settle for ninth despite impressing in the semi-finals.
Anderson repeated her 2015 win with a run of 84.50 to beat Gasser’s 81.00 in silver and Onitsuka in bronze with 76.65 as American Hailey Langland came fifth.
2017 champion Gasser took a hard fall attempting a double-cork 900 on her final run and told Vail Daily: “Today looked worse than it was. When I started, Jamie was already winning. I always looked up to Jamie.”
In Saturday’s modified halfpipe, Scotty James‘ great form of the last two years was not enough to hold off Japan’s Yuto Totsuka who recorded a superb 97.00.
Totsuka landed a switch backside 1080, a switch frontside 1260 and a frontside 1440 to win, while Swiss star Jan Scherrer landed the first-ever competition alley-oop 900 to finish second with a 95.16 as Australian James rounded out the podium after a 93.00.
In terms of Scherrer’s trick, James told Vail Daily: “That’s up there with the switch backside, it’s terrifying, and to do it the way Jan did it, absolute credit to him.”
In the women, American Maddie Mastro could not repeat her semi-final form as she was fifth behind the Burton’s maiden Chinese winner Xuetong Cai (88.16), Haruna Matsumoto (85.50) and Ruki Tomita (85.00)