Chas Guldemond third in U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix slopestyle
Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix - Halfpipe Qualifiers
Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix - Slopestyle Qualifiers
Jan. 23, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix - Halfpipe Finals
Jan. 23, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix - Slopestyle Finals
Jan. 24, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix - Halfpipe Finals
Jan. 24, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix - Slopestyle Finals
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. — Hometown boy Brandon Davis led a U.S. sweep in slopestyle at the first U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix of the 2016 season Thursday at Mammoth Mountain.
The Mammoth Lakes resident topped the field with a pair of 1260s, while Eric Willett was second and Chas Guldemond of Truckee was third.
Thursday was originally slated for just slopestyle qualifications, but due to an incoming storm the qualifications and finals were held all in one day.
Davis was awarded a high score of 97.00 on his third run, which included a gap switch backside lipslide, cab 270 to 270 out, 50-50 to backside 180 method, cab 1260, frontside 1080 and backside 1260.
Willett scored a 92.50 and Guldemond a 91.00. Guldemond’s run included a cab 270 on 270 off, frontside lipslide 270 off, 5-0 backside 180 off, switch backside 1080, cab double 1260 and backside double 1080.
“Today was just a wonderful day,” said Guldemond, who is a member of the Northstar California pro team. “It started off with gorgeous weather and super positive vibes. Then I landed four out of five runs, so that was a positive, and I did some tricks that I haven’t done in a long time, so I’m happy with that. Third place isn’t too bad.”
The American women also fared well, with Jessika Jenson placing second and Karly Shorr, a former Truckee resident, taking third. Anna Gyarmati of Hungary took the victory.
Jenson rode with solid style, stomping back-to-back 540s on the jumps to earn the second spot on the podium.
Other top-finishing Americans included Ryan Stassel, who used to ride for the Auburn Ski Club snowboard team, in fifth; Chandler Hunt in sixth; Nik Baden seventh; Chris Corning eighth; Eric Beauchemin ninth; Hailey Langland fourth; Hailee Mattingley fifth; Kirra Kotsenburg sixth; and Ty Walker eighth.
The U.S. Grand Prix snowboard action continues at Mammoth Mountain on Friday with men’s and women’s halfpipe qualifiers.
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