Chas Guldemond at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle finals at Copper Mountain. (Sarah Brunson/USSA)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Jan. 11) – Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) swept the slopestyle finals at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain today. Despite snowy conditions that made for slow in runs, Guldemond was able to float his signature double 1260 that earned him a winning score of 92.50. Jamie Anderson got back on track after a disappointing practice session and nailed her backside 540 mute-grab that earned her a score of 83. The Grand Prix marked the first opportunity for athletes to garner Olympic qualifying points and 5Star World Snowboard Tour points. The weekend will be televised on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network, with live coverage of halfpipe finals on the USSA Network Saturday at 11:30 am EST.
Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) and Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, CA) swept the men and women’s podium at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle finals, the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at Copper Mountain today.
The U.S. Grand Prix is the second major competition of the season Guldemond and Anderson both won the Dew Tour last month.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix is the first domestic FIS World Cup and athletes have the opportunity to gain Olympic qualifying points.
For the first time ever athletes are earning 5Star World Snowboard Tour points at an FIS World Cup event.
The event also doubled as the U.S. Snowboarding Championships with Guldemond and Anderson taking national slopestyle titles.
QUOTES Chas Guldemond My first run was for the U.S. Snowboarding team and my second run was for me. As always I try to have a good time snowboarding no matter what. It feels so good to be on top and start the Olympic qualifying period. It’s my goal to continue this success to the best of my abilities. The weather was tough, but back home in New Hampshire I grew it with this kind of weather and it makes you tough. I have really been working hard to perfect my run and it is going well so far, I am happy with how my dub 12 is coming together.
Jamie Anderson This has all been unreal, I feel so lucky. I am so grateful to be here, I have had wonderful support from the U.S. Snowboarding team and I’m truly looking forward to the adventure of the Olympic qualifying period. 13 is my lucky number, I was born on the 13th and there are 13 letters in my name so I would like to think this good vibe will keep going through. It has been my goal to center myself from my mind, body, and to my soul and so far it has been working out for me.
SPRINT U.S. GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE Sat. Jan. 12 – Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, halfpipe snowboarding finals 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT