Hannah Teter, Steve Fisher win at the Grand Prix at Boreal
BOREAL MOUNTAIN RESORT ” Steve Fisher and Hannah Teter won the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe finals at Boreal Mountain Resort Saturday afternoon.
Fisher, from Breckenridge, Colorado, and Teter, who owns a house near South Lake Tahoe, both had to watch from the hot seat as top qualifiers finished, but none of the other competitors could eclipse either one of their scores.
In the men’s event, Louie Vito and Dylan Bidez rounded out the podium, while the same-old, same-old finish in the women’s event featured Clark in second and Gretchen Bleiler in third.
Teter shrugged off the drama.
“I was just cruising during my run, and the run just happened,” said Teter. She pulled a 900, a switch 540 and a 720 during her winning run. “I can’t really tell you why. It went as planned.”
For Bleiler, it was her first competition since her horrifying crash at the Winter X Games, where she landed on her head after trying a switch 900. She landed the trick on Saturday with ease, restoring some of her confidence.
“I was nervous,” Bleiler said. “But when I got the 9 in and landed, and I finished my run, it helped a lot. Now it’s onward to the rest of the season.”
Fisher credited his scraggly beard … or at least let it distract from the fact that it was the two-time X Games superpipe gold medalist’s first win of the season, after a number of runner-ups.
“I was thinking about shaving it,” he said. “But now it’s my lucky beard.”
Fisher and Teter walked away with $14,000 for their wins.
The last event on the Grand Prix is scheduled for March 14-15 in Killington, Vt. Many of the riders were flying out early Sunday morning for World Cup events in Italy.
Vito and Clark won the first Grand Prix finals in Copper Mountain, Colo.
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